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175: The Three Kinds of People at Work. Which one are you? [Podcast] Company of One with Dale Callahan

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There are only three kinds of people at work. I am not talking about the normal grouping of the three kinds of people you might have heard of before:



* Those that make things happen.

* Those that watch what happens.

* Those who wonder what happened.



(By the way, I might add a fourth - those who have no idea anything happened. But that is not my point today.)



But, I have noticed that we can divide three kinds of people in another way  - how they think, and what they have been taught to do.



These three kinds of people are:



* Victims

* Followers

* Leaders



I have found, and you have likely noticed yourself, that these three groups dominate the economy, politics, and certainly the workplace. Let's focus now at work.



So today, we are continuing our discussion of the Company of One concept (from episode 174), but taking a moment to deal with MINDSET - something so critical to becoming a profitable Company of One.



What are you? A victim? A follower? Or a leader?

The Three Kinds of People at Work

Victims

Always applying for government help, suing people, squeezing others. They think they deserve what they demand. They are entitled.

Beliefs:



They are owed something. Maybe because of race, religion, sex, disability, or so many more reasons. Basically, they believe they deserve things. May be free food and home, or that their college degree entitles them to more money.



Frustrations:



They can never win. Not saying they will not get some wins, but by definition, nobody can ever do enough for them. Governments, companies, employers, etc. will always let them down. They deserve more and demand it, but the demand will never be fully satisfied.

Followers

They follow the formula. Rule followers -> Do what the school and university say. Cube job and retire. Hard workers. They are fooled into thinking the formula works. Basically, the average middle class. Security matters. Want to know they are taken care of – but they do not realize it is false security. You can find these in every place, and often they can be counted on to deliver.

Beliefs:



* They believe the old axioms - hard work leads to success. But since they miss other parts of the formula, they believe hard work alone does the trick.

* They think their work speaks for itself, and they should not bother showing anyone what they did or how.

* They are often suspicious of others - holding tight to their methods and skills since this is what they think offers job security.

* Work hard, do the right thing, and you will be rewarded. Usually, this model translates to get a good education (meaning formal k-12, then college) getting a great job and working long hours.



Frustrations:



In their gut, they know it does not work. They may have believed it at one point, but at some time in their life, they look around and realize something is wrong. The best person does not get the promotion. The hardest worker can become punished. The person who is "dumber" and does not appear to work that hard receives the rewards.

Leaders

Taking control, making it happen, not waiting for permission. Freedom is of high value. Freedom to serve others and do what they want. Leaders tend to lead no matter what. Even when they are not in charge, if they see a problem, they solve it. They will even take the lead when there is a leadership void at levels above them. 

Beliefs:

There are only three kinds of people at work. I am not talking about the normal grouping of the three kinds of people you might have heard of before:



* Those that make things happen.

* Those that watch what happens.

* Those who wonder what happened.



(By the way, I might add a fourth - those who have no idea anything happened. But that is not my point today.)



But, I have noticed that we can divide three kinds of people in another way  - how they think, and what they have been taught to do.



These three kinds of people are:



* Victims

* Followers

* Leaders



I have found, and you have likely noticed yourself, that these three groups dominate the economy, politics, and certainly the workplace. Let's focus now at work.



So today, we are continuing our discussion of the Company of One concept (from episode 174), but taking a moment to deal with MINDSET - something so critical to becoming a profitable Company of One.



What are you? A victim? A follower? Or a leader?

The Three Kinds of People at Work

Victims

Always applying for government help, suing people, squeezing others. They think they deserve what they demand. They are entitled.

Beliefs:



They are owed something. Maybe because of race, religion, sex, disability, or so many more reasons. Basically, they believe they deserve things. May be free food and home, or that their college degree entitles them to more money.



Frustrations:



They can never win. Not saying they will not get some wins, but by definition, nobody can ever do enough for them. Governments, companies, employers, etc. will always let them down. They deserve more and demand it, but the demand will never be fully satisfied.

Followers

They follow the formula. Rule followers -> Do what the school and university say. Cube job and retire. Hard workers. They are fooled into thinking the formula works. Basically, the average middle class. Security matters. Want to know they are taken care of – but they do not realize it is false security. You can find these in every place, and often they can be counted on to deliver.

Beliefs:



* They believe the old axioms - hard work leads to success. But since they miss other parts of the formula, they believe hard work alone does the trick.

* They think their work speaks for itself, and they should not bother showing anyone what they did or how.

* They are often suspicious of others - holding tight to their methods and skills since this is what they think offers job security.

* Work hard, do the right thing, and you will be rewarded. Usually, this model translates to get a good education (meaning formal k-12, then college) getting a great job and working long hours.



Frustrations:



In their gut, they know it does not work. They may have believed it at one point, but at some time in their life, they look around and realize something is wrong. The best person does not get the promotion. The hardest worker can become punished. The person who is "dumber" and does not appear to work that hard receives the rewards.

Leaders

Taking control, making it happen, not waiting for permission. Freedom is of high value. Freedom to serve others and do what they want. Leaders tend to lead no matter what. Even when they are not in charge, if they see a problem, they solve it. They will even take the lead when there is a leadership void at levels above them. 

Beliefs:

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