Community//

How to Work with Geniuses

In business, geniuses are often the ones who come up with incredibly innovative ideas and methods. They can launch incredible companies rallied around a fantastic concept or product. However, we all too often see these businesses fail and ideas shrivel up. For those around geniuses who work with them, there’s always a fair amount of risk in […]

The Thrive Global Community welcomes voices from many spheres. We publish pieces written by outside contributors with a wide range of opinions, which don’t necessarily reflect our own. Community stories are not commissioned by our editorial team, and though they are reviewed for adherence to our guidelines, they are submitted in their final form to our open platform. Learn more or join us as a community member!

In business, geniuses are often the ones who come up with incredibly innovative ideas and methods. They can launch incredible companies rallied around a fantastic concept or product. However, we all too often see these businesses fail and ideas shrivel up. For those around geniuses who work with them, there’s always a fair amount of risk in these business ventures. A genius can have a fantastic idea, but there’s a fair chance that it won’t come to fruition. In order to achieve success when working with geniuses, the people around them need to understand the root of the risk and what solution can help avoid it.

They lose interest

The biggest reason that businesses led by geniuses often lose steam and fail is that the geniuses behind the business and ideas lose interest in what they’re doing. Geniuses thrive on challenges; they want to find the solution to a problem. However, too often, once they figure out the solution, they begin to lose interest and want to move onto the next problem. For some businesses and industries, this aim can be done successfully, but in others it means that the genius has lost interest in fine-tuning their product and is ready to move on from the business.

While the people around geniuses are busy improving the product or service and planning for the future of the company, geniuses are often left feeling bored and unfulfilled.

The importance of details

An important factor of business success that geniuses often seem to overlook is the supreme importance of details. When it comes to working out minor bugs or paying attention to minute business details, geniuses do not want to bother themselves with these. Instead of thinking about how to fundraise for the company and attend important events to meet potential investors, geniuses want to be working on a project and attempting to find the solution; they do not see the point of creating a detailed business plan.

This scenario can be okay if someone else is working as the face of the company. This way, the genius can be left to work on their projects and create for the business instead of being forced to focus on smaller details they do not consider important. It is possible to find a fairly easy solution to the problem and keep the genius happy and the business thriving.

The solution

Instead of having the genius control the company and be in charge of all the smaller details, build a strong team. The companies that are the most successful are the ones with teams who complement each other and can communicate. Usually, people across the team will own shares of the company instead of it all belonging to the genius with the ideas. Then, in order to make decisions for the business, the genius needs to work with other people and listen to their input. Having professionals who are savvy and experienced in running a business makes it much more likely the company achieves true success.

This article was originally published on HansKohlsdorf.com.

Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

You might also like...

Courtesy of Jolygon / Shutterstock
Wisdom//

For a Genius Brain, Focus on How to Think, Instead of What to Think

by Thomas Oppong
GaudiLab / Shutterstock
Wisdom//

Are Creative Geniuses Born Or Made? (Part 2)

by Mayo Oshin
Community//

4 Habits Of Geniuses That Will Serve You

by John Turner

Sign up for the Thrive Global newsletter

Will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

Thrive Global
People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.

- MARCUS AURELIUS

We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.