5 Neglected Behaviors that Make Dreams Happen

Organizations that ignore dreamers die.

The two most dangerous people in organizations are dreamers who lack experience and dream-killers.

Dream-killers roll their eyes and say, “They don’t know what it takes.”

A young dreamer’s confidence is rooted in ignorance.


Reform dream-killers; develop dreamers.

7 dark qualities of inexperienced dreamers:

  1. Forget they need the support and backing of reasonable people.
  2. Think about results, but not how to get there.
  3. Over-emphasize benefits and under-estimate difficulties.
  4. Optimistically assume things fall into place.
  5. Feel shocked when others aren’t excited about their dream.
  6. Don’t enjoy convincing people their dream has value.
  7. Expect others to do the menial stuff.

5 things to expect from dreamers:

  1. Willingness to seize imperfect progress. Inexperienced dreams use imperfect progress as an excuse to do nothing.
  2. Hard-headedness. Dreamers are captivated by their own perspective.
  3. Hard work. A lazy dreamer is a waste of time.
  4. Persistent dissatisfaction.
  5. Irritating relationships with others. Reasonable folk don’t like unreasonable dreamers.

5 neglected behaviors that make dreams happen:

  1. Identify and gain customers. “Build it and they will come,” only works in the movies. Dreams without customers are a waste of time.
  2. Think like a dreamer. Talk like a doer. Dreamy-talk doesn’t inspire confidence in others.
  3. Learn from detractors, rather than brushing them aside.
  4. Develop people and grow teams. Dreams that don’t require others are too small.
  5. Listen more. Everyone isn’t a complete idiot.

Dreamers set reasonable people on edge. But, every team needs at least one irritating dreamer.

7 questions to ask inexperienced dreamers:

Leading dreamers tests leadership.

  1. Why does it matter?
  2. Who believes in your dream?
  3. How do you know they believe?
  4. What are detractors saying? (Dreamers probably have avoided detractors.)
  5. How can we start small, now?
  6. What’s the next step?
  7. How can I help?

How are you developing the dreamers on your team?

What qualities enhance a dreamers effectiveness?