I couldn't remember if it was a video or a podcast I had done a couple weeks back, but I was mentioning the "idea guy" and precisely just what despicable pieces of vermin these type of people tend to be. Consequently I received quite a bit of e-mails, comments, and responses from listeners anecdoting about "idea guys" they've ran into in the past and thus I think it's time to expound upon and highlight these individuals.
First understand "idea guys" are really nothing more than lazy bums who want all the glory and benefits of hard work, but don't want to do the hard work themselves. They just want to sit and pontificate and come up with pretty ideas, but when it comes to turning those ideas into reality, they need other people. Typically this manifests itself in the form of a jock with a business degree or an MBA who when it comes time to volunteer to take on a task at a meeting they'll excuse themselves saying, "well I'm more of an idea guy." Bankers also fit this description as they'll "work hard" to provide you the money for your business, but you need to pay them a 7% cut while you do all the real work. Regardless of what form they take, they NEVER get their hands dirty with IT, engineering, trades, accounting, or anything else that is require to turn an idea into a profitable business.
Second, they're egotistical, sometimes even ego-maniacal. They value themselves more than anybody else and think a different set of rules apply to them. Therefore, work and toil is beneath them. They just want to be in charge and benefit from the status of "leader." I point out Barack Obama not because of my 100% disagreeing with his politics, but because he is the epitome of this. The man has no real world experience (just look it up, only 1 year in the private sector). BUT despite his non-existent career and literally achieving nothing in life, he fancied himself so important he wrote TWO memoir books and deemed himself worthy of the presidency of the United States (consequently you can see just how effective "idea guys" are when it comes to actual performance and production).
Third, they're arrogant. They really believe they're that smart. That nobody else has their "leadership abilities" or insights. They think the kid programming code or the woman doing accounting can't come up with the ideas themselves, no matter how simple and obvious those ideas are. Deep down inside I don't think they actually believe this, but their ego and fear of real work conspire to make them think they are smarter than the average bear. Regardless, these are the type of people who will rely on credentials and not true genius as vindication of their being an "idea guy." MBA's, "leadership seminars," and all the cacophony of BS business school tripe where they try to make "leadership" a teachable science, when in reality it is only hard work and experience that makes a leader.
Finally, they're thieves. Because they're so afraid of work, they will do anything to avoid it. Thus many of these "idea guys" develop incredible political and charming skills that (sadly) lands many of them into positions of power. This isn't their fault as much as it is the current employment system we have today, but it doesn't change the fact they take the credit for other people's hard work. Not to say that Steve Jobs was one such guy, but in this Bill Burr clip you get the idea.
In short, you don't want to have anything to do with "idea guys." Be it work, be it school, be it social. In work they'll view you like a CIA agent does an "asset" and at minimum try to offload their work on you, or (worse) blame their mistakes on you. In school they are GUARANTEED to be the person who doesn't do their part in group projects. And in social life, they are the ones to constantly be late, never bring booze to the party, and will constantly parasite favors off of you, never to be returned in kind. Thankfully idea guys can easily be avoided because whenever there's real work to be done, and it's time for people to start stepping forward and taking on tasks, they will yell with the decibel-level of Loud Howard, "WELL I'M KIND OF A BIG PICTURE GUY. AN IDEA GUY MYSELF!"
That's when you punch him right in the face and tell him to start programming code.