Google famously brought Eric Schmidt on board to provide “adult supervision” for Larry & Sergey. A decade before that, eBay hired Meg Whitman to provide experienced leadership for the company founded by Pierre Omidyar and Jeff Skoll. And long before that Apple brought on Pepsi Co.’s former president John Sculley to lead the organization which the two Steves built (didn’t work out quite as well). It’s a fairly common pattern.

The anti-pattern are the Mark Zuckerbergs of this world—founders who manage to grow with their companies, typically shifting from a building to managing mind and skillset Tweet This Quote

The anti-patterns are the Mark Zuckerbergs of this world—founders who manage to grow with their companies, typically shifting from a building to managing mind and skillset. Truth be told—it’s a rare sight.

This is a sweeping generalization: People seem to be either good at creating and building or managing and growing. Rarely do you find founders who can straddle both sides.

What this means for you is to first figure out where your strength lies: If you get your satisfaction out of creating something from nothing—welcome, you are entrepreneur-material. If you really enjoy managing and growing something, I suggest you find either a creator or builder with whom you can team up or a startup which you can join in their growth phase. You will just be more effective (and happier) that way.

Do the thing which you’re best at. And find people who augment your particular strengths Tweet This Quote

Secondly: If you are a creator or builder, keep asking yourself if your particular skillset is what the company needs at the point of development you’re at. If it is not, can you learn and (truly) master it? Or are you better off getting someone with that skillset in and make her or him your Eric Schmidt?

What’s important to understand is, there is no shame in this. Most of us are good at one thing, not at both (I for example am clear that I’m a creator/builder and utter rubbish at managing and growing the status quo).

Do the thing which you’re best at. And find people who augment your particular strengths.


This originally appeared on Pascal’s blog.

About the author

Pascal Finette

Pascal Finette

Pascal is the Managing Director of Singularity University's Startup Lab. He is also an entrepreneur, coach, and speaker who has worked in Internet powerhouses, such as eBay, Mozilla, and Google, and Venture Capital—starting both a VC firm and accelerator program.

  • nedroche

    I understand that a successful startup business is constantly evolving meaning so is your team. It behooves everyone to strategically select the members and to be flexible. I watched a friend start a polo shirt company when he was 19. He and his family were able to carry it for about 6 years but then they had to bring on a CEO so they company could reach its full growth potential.

  • Mallory Benham

    As much as people want to be good at everything, thus article is right when it just can’t happen. So delegate. There is nothing wrong this, it actually shows what a good leader you are that you know a weakness and find someone to fill the gap.

  • Jack Strader

    I certainly admire that this article is short and sweet but I didn’t get a lot of information on when the best time to implement senior/experienced management would be. Still a good short read though.

  • kgallaher

    I think this article makes a lot of good points. Some people are the creative minds, and others are better at managing and growing the business. I think many people assume they can handle both, but are unable to successfully. As a young business student myself, it makes me wonder which I would be best at.

  • Gaby Perez

    Mark Zuckerbergs’ story is an incredible one, but I find it interesting that the article said its a rare case scenario. I assumed that people who were entrepreneurs were also able to run their own company but its not always the case. I like the idea of having to partner with people who may have strengths that you may not have in order to run a successful business, its better to realize you need help early on than when the company starts to fail.

  • scsmith2

    I’m not sure where I fall into these categories. I have had a lot of experiance managing and encouraging growth but I am also very creative and I try to think outside the box. I can do both but I think where I am the most happy is in the creative builder aspect.

  • scsmith2

    I have to agree with you. It seemed like an introductory article. I wonder if there will be more articles in the future that will give more specifics on what to look for and when to implement new strategies.

  • brian Stretch

    As I read this article so many of my past experience came rushing back to me both as a past employee but also as an entrepreneur attempting to make a difference. With that said and as I read the article the struggles that many of us face regarding our skill set is very much real but often not discovered until either we fail greatly or our personal growth screams this is not your skill set. Whatever the situation which brings us to this realization the swing of these two skill sets are far in between the Mark Zuckerbergs’ in the world are rare this is agreed upon but to me the question is what really works. Personally the companies such as Apple, Microsoft, and E-Bay are corporations with internal facets much different than that of Facebook. My question is when is addressing management issues necessary if your corporate platform is simplicity without the many facets that the other companies hold. For me personally I understand the value but question the ability to fully understand the vision of a simplistic platform such as Facebook. With that said understand the various skill sets necessary are situational this question the ability to change.

  • 204Ted

    Doing what you are good at can be hard to grasp for a lot of people. I think that’s why a lot of people’s start ups fail. People can’t accept that they can’t handle growth or the way the company is expanding and it ends up failing.

  • Arnthor Kristinsson

    A interesting article about figuring out which type you are. But I didn’t really see anything about when would be the best time to bring in more experience. That would be helpful to know as well.

  • dannyjoseph14

    I think I often oversimplify the type of leadership necessary to run and sustain a successful business. When I think of companies like Apple, Jobs and Cook are the ones that come to mind and I tend to overlook the essential role of their top management. This article brings up some good points about the importance of a strong manager and leader in addition to an innovator and builder.

  • storres001

    This article as some good points, as acompany grows sometimes not everyone does with it. It is important to the development of the company though that it moves in a way that benefits it’s growth and sometimes that means bringing in people who might do a better job at that.

  • John Mulhern

    I’ve read about this type of thinking before. It sounds great in theory that there is a creation mind and development mind found a business. As we evaluate some of the most effective business leaders out there I’m not sure how effective this model is. But I think this article brings out some great points to keep in mind as a new business finding its way in the market.

  • danphaw

    Most people tend to think we can do everything and don’t want to give up total control. But sometimes that’s exactly what’s needed. Not in every case, as you stated.

  • Melanie Olma

    I am a graphic designer and this idea rings true in our business. There are the designers/talent, and they are usually highly creative and artistic, and then there are the art directors. Good art directors have the ability to better understand the clients needs, understand the business, and have a critical eye The majority of the time a graphic designer is unable to wear both hats well.

  • nbaker3

    Management from the outside with expertise can greatly assist companies who need help coordinating different company facet leaders together. This allows for the entrepreneur to focus on what they do best and not routine managerial tasks.

  • Erin Todd

    I agree with this article. You need to find people that compliment you and your skills and likewise!

  • JuanFonseca1995

    As a leader, you must be able to believe in the vision that you and your employees share. If there is any little doubt in your mind that your company will fall and go bankrupt, then you prepare for the future by bringing in experienced management. A business is similar to a child going through life, you grow from your experiences and over time you mature into an adult. Most companies arose from nothing to grow into a global powerhouse. Spotify for example was projected to be a failure by most online music critics, instead of bowing down Spotify became the worlds largest music streaming service with over 25 million active subscribers. Starbucks also went through hard times and they stuck to what they were known for and the company got out of the pothole they were in, so they basically knocked on death’s door and ran the other way. See the thing is in life you grow as a person, therefore why would you bring in someone to tell you how to live your life.

  • Ryan

    I would largely agree with this article in that it is rare to have both the “builder” and “manager” mindsets from the beginning of a venture, and even to be able to make that shift at the appropriate time. However, that is not to say that these talents cannot be developed over time. Partnering-up or hiring outside help isn’t about admitting personal strengths and weaknesses, it is about strengthening the core of the project through adaptation and evolution. By maintaining a tight-knit team, elements from each entrepreneurial “style” will undoubtedly be shared through experience and will naturally foster the development of new skills.

  • theboz827

    I’m not entirely sure what I am yet…I can be creative from the ground up, but often I end up doing or completing projects that are already started, and am good at replicating something. What additional advice would you have to better figure out your role if you’re not sure?

  • phoebeelisa

    recently I keep finding articles that have this same underlying message, except the other article i recently read was saying how I might not get promoted just because I do outstanding work in my current position, and the reason being that just because im good at creating doesnt mean I would do well managing other employees.

  • sadeakindele

    Being able to recognize when it is time to recruit help can be instrumental to the progress of your company. It will be hard because it means placing your vision in someone else’s hands, but it is seemingly the best way to move your company forward. I would just be curious at what point it would be best to make this transition?

  • Erin

    I think I would fall into the category of managing and growing and not the creating part. I agree that everyone is different and can really only be one or the other. Finding what you are best at is definitely important. If you go in the wrong direction you won’t be able to perform the best you can because you won’t be in the right area. Finding your place first can be very beneficial for you. But sometimes it can be hard to tell because some of the skills can be similar for both the creative people and the managing people.

  • Erin

    Yes, this is true. Both managing and creating are equally important. They can work off of each other. Once the creating side of things is done then they are able to pass it on to the managers who can forward the creation and make it work for the consumers. Creators wouldn’t be as successful if they didn’t work with the managers.

  • AFraley

    I have continually found myself in management positions in most of my jobs, such as retail, financial institutions and restaurant management. I found myself at 30 going back to school to finish my Art degree and follow my dream and passion of teaching painting classes to the public. I now look at myself as a dreamer and always embracing my creative side, but i continually find that i have to remove my manager experience from the equation and just be willing to be open and learn everything possible.

  • Dena Keizer

    I like what you said about how it’s a good idea to have a partner with different strengths and weaknesses as you. That goes beyond the business world though. It’s good to also have friends and relationships where people have different skills and flaws so that they can help each other out. I know from experience that it helps to have someone close to you who has different skills so that they can give you good advice and then you can do the same for them but in a different area of expertise.

  • karnold001

    This article is simple, yet straightforward. Understanding your strengths is key in becoming successful.

  • Halea McAteer

    These are definitely some points I had not considered before, and they were definitely well made. One thing that I couldn’t help consider is how it might be hard for some to give up the position of being in control to someone who is better at managing after he or she has spent so much time building the company, product, etc. While I think I am more of a manger than a builder, I know this is something I might struggle with if I were the one spearheading the company in the first place. That being said, it is clear with most cases that giving up that sort of control is necessary for a company to prosper.

  • Katie

    I think I would fall under the managing and growing, although I consider myself creative and innovative sometimes. Its interesting to see the differences between these two, something I never really considered.

  • AndreaOlsen22

    This article really got me thinking. I’m not sure what I would fall under quite yet. I feel like some people can be good in both the creating/managing area, but maybe not an expert in both. Our goal should be to become in expert in one or the other, if we aren’t already, to become effective and successful where we end up. Becoming an expert may take some work, but it can be done. By having an expert for each side makes for a strong team.

  • Katie Larson

    There is a reason that there are many people that run a company or business, they all bring different strengths and skills to the table. I definitely identify with the managing type.

  • Aaron Poff

    This article has me thinking a lot about where I would fit in best. If I made something, I would feel I knew it best. Would it take self-awareness or an extreme amount of humbleness to have someone come in and work with me and advise me on a product or idea they had no attachment to.

  • davinmarceau

    I’m like many others, where I find myself at a crossroads. In my current profession, I serve in a managerial role, where I spend much of my day tasking, delegating, and following up to ensure completion. I have been fairly successful, and can honestly say I enjoy it. However, there are many times where my creative mind takes over and I find myself wanting to re-invent the way process itself. That is a large reason why I’m going to school for entrepreneurship and intend to travel that road after I retire from the military.

  • mpierson19

    Do entrepreneur-material people work well with builder or grower people? I feel like there would be much conflict within the two of these types of people.

  • Mabel

    I totally agree with you @mpierson19:disqus there would be much conflict . They have different opinions and views on similar subjects, it would be interesting to see how they work on a team.

  • shelbysterling

    I think admitting you can’t do both is one of the harder things for people to do. My dad for example owns restaurants and concert venues. I worked as a server at one of his restaurants and would go home and tell him all the little things that I saw as issues. He always told me that he hired managers for that and he didn’t have time to micromanage. It took me some time to realize you can’t do both, have big great ideas and create, then on the other hand have time to micromanage the little things. Both aspects matter, but doing it all would be way to hard in my opinion!

  • struckml03

    I agree with you. I am not entirely sure on what I am good at yet. I feel one tip that helps me is asking other people. A lot of the times other people can help you out. They see what your good at (even when you dont see it!) and they see what you might need improvement on when you also may not have thought about it that way. So something I like to do is ask other people what they think of me or to give me some input. I am still looking for other tips as well so I agree with you on this. Pascal, what do you suggest?
    I do believe once you find what your good at, you should stick with it! And find people of the same interest. It makes life fun, enjoyable, and brings success to the table.

  • DeadMarshall

    This article makes it sound incredibly sad to be the creator of a startup turned CEO of a full fledged business. Just today the CEO and co-founder of Angie’s List Inc. has been rumored to be stepping down. I wonder how long would be CEO’s stifle their companies growth due to a lack of the skill-set. I know I would be hard pressed to step down from leading a company I created. Even if I was in over my head.

    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/angies-list-ceo-william-oesterle-to-step-down-2015-04-15

  • jfhicks

    I personally fall into the category of ‘growers’ although I work in more of a ‘manager’ role at the moment. I enjoy the challenge of trying the management side but yearn to get back to growing something new. Deciding to hand over the keys to your empire is undoubtedly one of the hardest decisions any entrepreneur must make.

  • My favorite aspect of this post is the idea of leaning into where your strengths lie. So many times we try and “fix” our weaknesses whereas instead we should try and develop our strengths. I swear sometimes I sound like I’m trying to sell this product, but the Strengths Finder Index (http://strengths.gallup.com/110440/about-strengthsfinder-20.aspx) is one of my favorite tools for getting some 3rd party perspective on what you bring to your team, to your career and really shine. Highly recommend leaders, teams and individuals eager to improve use this tool as another way to figure out their leadership style & strengths.

  • jfaulkner35

    I don’t think the ability to create and manage are as separate of skill sets as Mr. Finette. I understand the Apple reference and some other large corporation who have ended up separating from their original founders. But I think on a smaller scale it is a pretty common occurrence for company starters to manage and grow with that company until retirement. The idea that because some have failed at this that they are two separate skill sets doesn’t make sense to me.

  • Matthew Montoya

    I think these are both interesting points! I think one way they may be able to work well together would be to ensure that the visions are shared in their entirety. What I mean by that is that both partners need to identify what their vision would be for the product/company and decide if their personalities and visions connect well. Determining if conflict will arise from the start is critical in moving forward! I think additionally there needs to be a genuine sense of trust between partners. They both need to acknowledge what each bring to the table! When genuine trust is established, it is appropriate to move forward! Perhaps settling on the first partner is not the best idea, but to rather be very intentional about the approach to finding the ideal partner!

  • Lqurent

    I had the same feeling as you while reading this. It is so easy to lose sight of everything when our egos come into play.

  • bdelbian

    You make a great point Aaron. I feel like it would take a great deal of humility for someone to invite someone to come help manage the company they planted, nurtured, and grew. Maybe an important question to pose would be, how do you decide on who you invite to help you manage your organization, beyond what was already mentioned in this article. Yest that persons strengths will be very important, but how would you yourself decide on who you would want to bring in to help manage?

  • bdelbian

    At one point I thought I was both. In a sense, as an entrepreneur or creator, I feel like you do have to have both in some capacity or other. I then had to start thinking and digging a little deeper to understand where it is that I truly stand. It boiled down to the fact that I tend to be more interested in the people side of things and helping people obtain their goals through leadership and management. Although I am still interested in the creative side, I am more than willing to throw my ideas out there and let other creative minds get those ideas headed in the right direction. That way, I can come in when more of a managerial and realistic approach is needed. Take a look at your perspective and speculate on how you tend to act in certain situations. Are you the person in the group who tends to come up with all of the creative ideas to get the group working? Or are you the person who tends to take the leadership role and make sure that things are getting done as the are supposed to?

  • bdelbian

    I actually had to take a strengths assessment as part of training for my current position. It was definitely eye opening and being able to recognize those strengths has enabled me to put them to further use. I totally agree with you that we should venture beyond the weaknesses, obviously not ignore them, but we should also further develop our strengths. Thank you so much for bringing that up.

  • mrschatham

    You ask the same question I had after reading this, how do you figure out who to bring in to your company? Yes, experienced management would be beneficial, but the RIGHT person could transform your business for either the good or bad. If you can admit where your strengths lie and where they do not, humility will work in your favor when working to help your company grow. That doesn’t make you a failure by any means. Where do you begin though? How do you find the right fit when experience doesn’t always equal success?

  • mni624

    I like that you said we should develop our strengths instead of working on our weaknesses. It would be more beneficial to become an expert in our area of strength and excel than to do multiple things averagely.

  • theboz827

    I feel like I’m currently neither…I will get creative ideas, but have a difficult time carrying them out or knowing where to start. And I’m definitely not a natural leader, but find myself wanting to have the confidence to take the lead on specific projects. I’m pretty introverted, so I probably just need to put myself out there more to figure it all out. The only way to figure things out is to try. 🙂

  • David Ellis

    I’m not a business owner so in that respect I’m not an entrepreneur. I am a mechanical engineer with the responsibility for identifying and developing new products for the company I work for. How would you classify someone like me who doesn’t own the business but develops new ideas, manages the intellectual property, and the engineering team? It sure feels like I’m creating and building as well as managing and growing.

  • TykwinskB25

    The most successful people do not ever just do things on their own or just their way. If you want to be truly successful, you he to be able to listen to others and adapt what you are doing to them and learn your strengths and weeknesses. If you don’t then your product will fade to its competitors and to the population.

  • Jessica Andrew

    Thank you for sharing this article! I think that if you are not skilled in a certain topic, that is when you need to bring someone else in. Wanting help is not always a bad thing. It is just making your company that much more successful. In the end, every company wants to be successful. So I think that bringing in someone is a good thing to help the company out.

  • Jessica Andrew

    I agree with you! It is important for the business to realize that if they need someone, they should go about finding someone. Having an extra hand can also help with creative ideas and getting the company to a better place. Everyone is not strong in every topic so it is important to pull someone in if you need another strength.

  • TykwinskB25

    I’m saying not only in business but in life as well, if people allowed each other to become more influential and didn’t shut their minds down to other people inputs then their would so much more growth amongst the human race. This being as the ideas are a positive influence.

  • Tawni Meyer

    I think this is a great article, and proves a good point. Im more of the creating type and while i enjoy managing and growing i may not be the best at it so i would enjoy an expertises advice to learn from.

  • eljefeboulder

    I understand that for the stereotypical entrepreneur it may be hard to swallow their pride and bring in someone with managerial experience. Furthermore, it is another cost and it is not a small one. However, I do believe that in the long run, effective management will save more money than will be spent on hiring that experienced manager. Lastly, it is always good to have a fresh set of eyes in order to see some of the problems with your business that you may be blind to.

  • zoeantonow

    It would be much smarter to swallow pride than to run a company into the ground with poor management…it definitely sounds like a pride dilemma for many, but it’s good to know that there are always professionals that can start up where you leave off, and that kind of teamwork creates the best results.

  • kbell003

    I guess this is where we need a culture shift as well. Why do we only need to have one leader? Why does the one person at the top have to be either good at one or the other? Why can’t we work to have more management teams so that there is a balance of ideas and different things so that the company will be successful.

  • Jacob Palmer

    Entrepreneurs frequently are taught they need to be everything all at once, but perhaps that’s why so many fail or fail to grow past a certain point. I agree with some posting here, that it takes a very humble and self-aware person to know when you’ve reached the point where your skills in a specific area(s) of your growing business aren’t enough. It’s great advice, I think, to do only what you love and start to delegate and hire out those activities, roles and skills you don’t enjoy as much when the time is right.

  • ronniepurcell

    It’s great to know yourself and what you want in life. If I where to create a new product or start up a new company at some point I’d get bored with it and want a new challenge. Most folks in this category might have slight cases of ADHD or are considered stray voltage. Brilliant but can focus on one area for so long, before they want to move on.

  • theboz827

    That is very true. I recently had an evaluation at my work, and a few of the observations made me really think about my strengths, as well as weaknesses. It was helpful to hear from someone else how I am doing and what I am good at, as well as what can be improved.

  • theboz827

    I recently had to take the DiSC Assessment for my class and that helped a lot. I also took the Predictive Index along with my team, and that was equally helpful. It pretty much confirmed my overall personality, strengths, and things that can be improved or developed, if I desire.

  • Logan Bertrand

    That last sentence, along with the entire article, really has me thinking about who I would want on my team, and focusing on their skills not just alone but along with me. Without that type of synergy there could be some friction where we may not work out, and he/she could be hindering my skills. Very interesting article

  • Alex Tomaszewski

    I like this article. It’s incredibly simple, but is says a lot. I envision myself as a creator/builder rather then someone who manages and grows. This article has me thinking a lot about my plans for this summer. I’m currently putting together a business model for a food cart I plan on opening up. Although I originally started creating the plan with the intentions of starting it this summer things have changed. I now plan on finishing the business model and waiting until next year to start it. I’m doing that because I was offered a position to work for a non profit this summer with the goal of creating more awareness with the intent to growing the foundation. Do you think skill sets can overlap? I am a created/builder who wants to help this organization grow. They have all the pieces to make that happen. Perhaps, my creative/builder mindset can put something together in order to help this organization grow.

  • blackkylet

    I agree. While some people may be better suited for one or the other, I think we should always be conscious of our weaknesses. We should strive to improve our skills, even if slightly, in order to achieve our goals. It’s important to understand who is strong and where, but it’s imperative to be skilled in many facets in order to hold everything together.

  • MattDennert

    I feel the reason most people don’t create and buid or manage is becuase they really haven’t gotten the chance to find out what they are the best at. Take me for example I am a college student and haven’t really been out in the world yet to relly truly know which one I am.

  • kschwein

    Is important to know what your best that into you are. I know a lot of people, including myself, are still trying to find out what they are best at. But I think once you find out what your skill set is you need to hit the ground running. Great article with great advice.

  • milkienr18

    I feel very similar to you in that I wonder what I would be better at. I think I would like to make something myself and be able to lead it. I also agree that it would take a lot for me to admit yes, I started the company but no I am not the right person to be leading it. However I would strive to find the person that shares my ideas and visions and can appropriately carry out my visions for the company the way I seem fit.

  • kolinjk29

    This is a great article because it really makes you think about what you want to do with your life. It also helps you find your strengths and weaknesses to be able to grow into something. Managing a business is a difficult task if you don’t have the right people involved with helping you. How also would a alternative way to find your strengths be if all else failed? Very interesting article.

  • Ashleigh Hartlaub

    Trying to decide whether I am better at one or the other made me really think. I haven’t really taken the time to see which side I would be best at and maybe I should. If I am to get a job one day and have to manage a team or company I really need to figure out if thats what I am best at or learn how to one day be able to.

  • CPanella1

    I enjoyed this because it helps you realize where do I belong. Find people who compliment my strengths not challenge my weaknesses. You want a vast array of people to work for your company, but closely surround yourself with those who compliment you and it is good to have a few people who challenge you near by because they can strengthen you and help you justify and realize why you may want to do something because when they challenge you, you defend your reasoning and find out how important it really is by fighting for it!

  • CPanella1

    I think ego and pride are hard to deal with especially in the workplace because no one likes to be wrong or at fault, or atleast admit it anyways!

  • alexlavine

    I think the biggest thing would be to surround yourself with employees who are creative as well. Their ideas will give your business more ideas and thoughts to help grow the business.

  • alexlavine

    I agree that you should surround yourself with people who may be strong in the areas that you are not in order to cover all aspects of your business.

  • maxfunny

    I agree if you do have a vast array of people that are all succeful in different areas then you have a better shot at succeeding. If you can throw a big enough net you are bound to catch a fish is what my father always said to me.

  • Glassborow

    I think its really important in life to not take too much on at one time and on your own. I’m one of those people who does this a lot and end up getting really stressed out! Finding people who can help you succeed and can take the weight off your shoulders but be good at what they do is really important. It might be hard at first to allow this but once you realize the long term benefits it creates will motivate you more and more to work as a team.

  • JefferyDeLaunay

    Experience can only be had through trying and usually the best experience comes from failing a few times.

  • JefferyDeLaunay

    You have to be careful because too much of anything is bad. If you are surrounded by a bunch of creative people tend to be scatter brained and need to have practical, goal oriented people to help keep them focused and moving in the right direction. I think the biggest thing is a balance of personalities.

  • Tom Ashmus

    I think this article is interesting for many different reasons. I am torn between opinions on the overall theme of the article though. I feel like a person is more one way than the other but I believe that many people are a hybrid of both. These are the type of people that are the true innovators, they not only have a true dream or idea, but they have the business skills necessary to put that dream to life.

  • Tom Ashmus

    Maybe it is better not to concentrate so much on which type of person you are rather than the task at hand. I feel that everyone has good and bad aspects of both sides. This being, I think that any intellectual person can use both sides to their advantage to bring an idea to life.

  • Will Ettl

    It is very difficult for a person to be great at everything and is also nearly impossible. That is why people need to work as a team and collaborate rather than being a know it all. When you do this it just is annoying to people and no one will want to be around or even work with you. That is why you need to find a particular area you are an expert in and grab others to come around you and help you expand.

  • Will Ettl

    I agree with you so much Tom. There is a mix of both in the world but in the end most of us are an expert in our own area and need help. that is when people need to realize it and not be scared to ask for help rather than trying to be a know it all and doing it all by themselves.

  • ryanstorto

    I enjoyed reading this article and it was really educating and gave me a perspective that I never thought of. There is a great deal of self pride that goes in to these types of things and sometimes a person’s ego can effect the success of a company that is on the rise.

  • Sometimes its not even about being wrong. For me sometimes I just want to solve the problem by myself so I can learn and grow as an individual. Sometimes pride is defiantly a factor though, when you want to prove people wrong, especially nay sayers, who don’t believe you can accomplish anything.

  • ZakFritz

    It is not difficult for a person to be great at everything Will. Also Will being a know it all actually works. If you do indeed know it all then you have nothing to worry about.

  • ZakFritz

    Not all of us need help Will. Once again when you do indeed know it all you’re fine.

  • Thumbs_up

    It is always good to count with someone else. The responsibility of carrying all the weight in our backs can compromise the work and its success. For this reason, big people know their limits and it is up to them to choose keep evolving or not.

  • McKennaKJ29

    I think it truly depends on the situation. Some groups are made up of independent individuals who can be productive together, and bringing in professional management can be counterproductive because some people don’t like to be micromanaged. However, on the other side, a proper manager can utilize the group’s skills they otherwise wouldn’t be able to do alone.

  • McKennaKJ29

    It would be so tough to create something, invest so much of your life to something, only to step aside and let someone else manage it. I agree with Lqurent, sometimes you would have to set your ego aside to maximize potential.

  • McKennaKJ29

    I feel like leadership is something that can be developed. If you are creative and start a project that you are passionate about, who better to delegate and carry out what needs to be done than you?? ya know? I guess it is all situational.

  • Leah Renee

    “What’s important to understand is, there is no shame in this. Most of us are good at one thing, not at both”

    this is so important for people to realize! we dont have to good or amazing at everything we just need to recognize what we are good at and learn how to deal with or handle what we arent good at. like hiring someone else to manage

  • McKennaKJ29

    Everyone needs to ask for help, even leaders. The president has his entire cabinet and more to assist him in his job. A leader isn’t just someone who is too prideful to ask for help.

  • McKennaKJ29

    Had me wondering the same thing. It is difficult trying to assemble a team that meshes well socially while at the same time can be productive together.

  • McKennaKJ29

    I feel like most startups start with a partnership of two people who have these different personalities. The creative type and the managerial type are both necessary.

  • McKennaKJ29

    I totally agree. I think people get used to people shutting down/tuning thier ideas out that they become discouraged to share them. A world where people are discouraged to share ideas would be much less innovative.

  • McKennaKJ29

    I think every job should have a strengths assessment as part of the job training. Lots of jobs just try to fit individuals into cookie cutter positions when if they knew the people’s strengths they could find positions that they could be more productive in.

  • McKennaKJ29

    I think it is ok to be innovative in the way we do things. If there is a more efficient way of doing things, the transition is only natural. It isnt a bad thing to be thinking like that in your position as long as the change isn’t too radical.

  • McKennaKJ29

    I feel like this happens more often than people realize. Sometimes on sharktank, young entrepreneurs will have a good startup but the investors dont believe they are the right person to manage the business and take it to the next level.