Leaders are ruthless about distinguishing between the “thinkers” and “doers” in their organizations, and they are absolutely clear about the fact that the doers are the heroes of their organizations.
In large multinational businesses, this notion of doers vs. thinkers goes against the grain. It sounds divisive. It counters everything we try to teach about professional development. Isn’t it the goal of professional development to give every employee an opportunity to advance through the organization, from taking orders (doing) to giving orders (thinking)? How insulting, the argument goes, to label someone a “doer.”
It smacks of elitism and seems terribly disempowering.
Via Kenneth Mikkelsen