Insight to Action: Make Creativity Happen

Are Doers more productive than Thinkers?

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Best-selling author and founding pastor of North Point Ministries, Andy Stanley reaches out to leaders and their organizations to help them become better versions of themselves. As Andy has seen, high-performance teams are composed of people who have a predisposition toward execution and doing things. There are other ways to go about obtaining the help of thinkers, but when you're trying to do something as a team, you want those around you who are doers.

"Companies that hire the smartest, as in IQ smartest, generally don't do as well as the people who hire the doers and people who have accomplished something in high school and college, and then they put the smart people under them," Andy explains.

Watch this video to learn how hiring the right people can create a high-performance team.

Select performance people and position them for maximum impact. You select performance and you might circle the world "performance" while you fill in the blank. Select performance people and position them for maximum impact.

A. Recruit doers, not thinkers. Recruit doers, not thinkers. In other words, when you are talking to volunteers or when you're talking with people who are applying for a job, here is a question you have got to ask, ask this question, "What have you done?" I mean, it is good that you went to school, got a major, I see you worked at this church, you worked at this organization, got to have all that stuff, but then you have got to push back and ask the question "What have you done?" And if all they can tell you is where they have worked, but they can't tell you anything they've done, you may not be looking at a doer. And you need, if you're going to have high performance teams, high performance teams are composed of people who have a predisposition toward execution and toward doing.

Here is the thing, you can rent a thinker. You can! Listen, you can email, text and call the smartest people in your community, the smartest people in your business committee and say, "You know I want to have a meeting, because we are having a strategy and I will pay you 100 bucks or $500 if you come to an afternoon, we just your brain for a day," you can rent a thinker. Rent thinkers, hire doers. I know that is disturbing, but I am going to prove my point to you logically in just a minute, so don't get and walk out quiet yet, okay.

Jim Collins, yesterday, this is what he said, "If you have the right people on the bus," this is in your notes, "the problem how to motivate, manage people largely goes away." Think about that. "The right people don't need to be tightly managed to fire it up. Great vision without great people is irrelevant." And, come on... if you're trying to do something, you need to hire people who do something. If you just want to have a think tank, hire smart people.

Let me tell you what, I subscribe to Harvard Business Review, I understand about 15% of it, okay! But the 15% I understand, here is what I read thematically over and over. Companies that hire the smartest, as in IQ smartest, generally don't do as well as the people who hire the doers and people who have accomplished something in high school and college, and then they put the smart people under them. There is something about being smart that is great, I love being around smart people. But doers do things, smart people think about things. If you want a high performance team, all I'm saying is you got to put people on that team that are predisposed to execution and doing.

Andy Stanley

Leadership communicator, best-selling author and founding pastor of North Point Ministries Andy Stanley inspires tens of thousands of people. Andy founded Atlanta-based North Point Ministries in 1995, leading six churches in the Atlan...

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