Are you a finder, minder or grinder?
I was once told that in the business world, there are three main types of roles: finders, minders and grinders.
I feel this best applies to service-based businesses, but it still begs the question: Which one are you?
Here is my brief overview of the three types:
Finder: This tends to be a sales person, someone who finds new clients, opportunities, partners etc. If you get bored easily, love to talk, love to sell, or are often scanning the horizon for the next challenge, deal, or opportunity, then you may well be a finder.
CEOs, entrepreneurs etc would also be classed as finders.
Minder: These are often managerial types… often well organized, and in many cases, the minders look after the grinders. Roles could include account reps, middle-management, office managers etc…
Grinder: Grinders are the unsung heroes. The do-ers, the workers… they get things done. They are by far the most common role in the business world, things like: programmers, accountants, developers, designers etc. They are often paid the least, but that doesn’t mean they are not extremely valuable.
Knowing which category you are in can be very beneficial. Look inside yourself, what do you truly enjoy? What comes easiest to you? What is your natural style?
For me I am very much a finder. I love to sell, I love creating opportunities and deals, and my weakness is often the minutia, the details, the grinding. Which is why I work best with a team.
For those of you who run a business, do you have at least one person for each role? Which area are you weakest in?
So here’s to all the finders, minders and grinders out there… we salute you.