A mechanic has the ability to control and manage people. This is without necessarily having any charismatic leadership qualities. Mechanics endure and tend to rely on duplication and replication, and love to challenge the status quo.
Mechanics may get caught up in the detail. This can be at the expense of the big picture. Successful mechanics include Ray Kroc and Sam Walton. While Creators are great at starting things, Mechanics are great at finishing things
They are perfectionists, which is why they cannot resist finding ways to do things better. One of Henry Ford’s maxims was: “Everything can always be done better than it is being done.” While Stars twinkle, Mechanics tinker.
They get hands-on with their systems and prefer to study how to improve things with their hands dirty. As a result, they have little interest in impressing with or indulging in their appearance. Many Mechanics have yet to get going
This is because they are still trying to figure out what business to start. Ray Kroc was 52 before he realized he didn’t need to start his own business, he could take an existing business – McDonald’s – and make it better. Most Mechanics have companies with better systems than their competitors.
However, they have not leveraged these systems with stronger products produced by others, or their business is limited by their autocratic management style and high staff turnover. Successful mechanics remain hands-on
They continue fine-tuning their systems long after they have delegated many other areas of their business. This is where they see the greatest results, and where they gain the most satisfaction.
Examples of successful Mechanics Henry Ford, Ray Kroc, Sam Walton, Ingvar Kamprad and Michael Dell.
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