Leadership & Team Building: Wise Words

I’m a big believer in the idea that people tend to fall into one of three camps — you’re either a thinker, a doer or a feeler“.  ~ Nancy Dubuc

Business TalksIn an interview with Nancy Dubuc, the chief executive of A&E Networks, I found a few insightful responses that I felt I had to share.   Whichever side of the desk you’re on, “Mixing Doers, Thinkers and Feelers” (3/22/15, New York Times) offered 2 workplace observations that ring so true to me.

  • On who managers tend to hire, Dubuc states:

There are very few black-and-white truths in management or in business, but one that I have found is that people either hire people who are smarter than them or people hire people they can control.   I see it over and over again.   I’ve always hired people who are smarter than me.   I rowed crew in college, and I’m always   thinking in those terms — will they make the team better? [Emphasis added]


  • On the 3 types of people that a successful manager needs to be aware of to lead well, she stated in the N.Y. Times interview:

I’m a big believer in the idea that people tend to fall into one of three camps — you’re either a thinker, a doer or a feeler.   So I’ll be thinking about the mix of those three groups on my teams.

If you have all thinkers, nothing will get done.  If you have all doers, that can be really chaotic because you’re not necessarily thinking about the consequences.   And feelers are important because they create energy — but if you have too many of them, they will just dramatize the moment.

When you put the different kinds of people together in the right way, that can be very powerful.   You never want that out of balance.   [Emphasis added]


  •  The interview with Nancy Dubuc was conducted and condensed by Adam Bryant. A version of the article I excerpted in this post appeared in print on March 22, 2015 (Page 2 of the Sunday Business section of the New York Times).
  • Frankly, when I read Nancy Dubuc’s thoughts on who Managers tend to hire, I reflected on all the bosses I’ve had since I graduated from Business School in 1987.  Guess what?  None of the ‘must control’ bosses made my Great Boss list.

Grace, mercy, and peace to you.

  Greg Silverthorne, 66 Assurance Way


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