Every business owner tries to have a mix of all four work types but the team may vary depending on the actual work involved and the current tasks at hand and available resources for wages/salary. The 4 types of workers are as listed:
Producers: These are the people who get work done, they are the accountants, the sales team, the web programmers and marketers, they are the people that have a huge list of to do's on their desk and not enough time in the day. They are the people that most likely have a Bachelor's degree or some other type of certification that says, "I am trainable," these people are the bread and butter of a company and are the ones that actually make the company a success or a failure. Most of these types of workers have 3-5 years of experience in their job field are most likely dedicated to a certain field and have been comfortable doing the same things over and over.
Improvers: These are the people that make everything better, change processes and try to effectively manage time more effectively. They are the managers and supervisors in a workplace and are hired to manage the producers to crank out more work in less time. They take everything that is handed to them and tries to make it more effective, faster and stronger in order to turn more profit for the company.
Builders: Are the people that can take a simple idea and turn it into a reality. They can take an idea and make it tangible or functional. They are the entrepreneurs you read about in magazines, inventors of the next big thing, deal-closers, sharks (Shark Tank), and project managers, they just simply make sure things get done and effectively within a given amount of time. These are the types of people that need to have 5-7 years experience and a large list of credentials and a very consistent background of success and growth.
Thinkers: These are the people who are thinking of the next big thing, the ideas of the future, the visionaries of the future. They are the Steve Jobs of our generation. They are the people who are thinking of the next product that will inevitably change the way we operate our lives. They are leaders of tomorrow. These people are the ones who instead of their job application saying needs 10-12 years of experience, instead says here is the problem we face, can you fix it in 6 months. These people have done extensive research in a certain industry and know that in’s and out’s of everything involved.
As you go about creating your dream team, you need to realize that most people have a mixture of all 4 traits within them but are usually dominate in one area. The idea is hiring those people who you know are stars in an area but are going to be easily trainable to excel in other areas as well, this way you can limit your overhead and cut costs in human resources. In order to do this effectively you need to make a list of all the necessary functions of people you will need and then look at the different types of positions that could possibly overlap and find people who can multi-function effectively.
What types of people will you need to effectively keep your business operating to highest potential?