There’s an old saying in business citing that successful organisations need finders, minders, binders and grinders.

The rhyming words convey that every organisation needs a combination of people with different but complimentary skillsets, that enable them to “get the job done”, whatever that job may be. In turn, the words relate to the need for those who bring in clients, manage activity and projects, look after people and culture, and those who deliver the outcomes.

As much as I’ve always liked the saying, I’ve often overlaid it with another thought. That is, that organisations also need both designers and engineers.

Designers are the people who come up with ideas. Their brilliance relies on the stroke of a pen, and sometimes they do so without thinking about the “how to”. They love abstractness, different ideas and visionary thinking.