Bert and Ernie

Named after the public officials in “It’s a wonderful Life”, the Sesame Street characters, Bert and Ernie, are a staple of childhood mythology.  Ernie represents enthusiasm and wonder.  Bert represents practicality and order.  The “odd couple” certainly.

In our organizations, we divide up into Bert and Ernie camps.  Some of us ideate, have a sense of urgency, and can be easily distracted.  Others of us can have singular focus (even if our obsessions are misplaced on pigeons and stamp collecting), are skeptical, and risk adverse.  Our organizations need both.

Josh Goldblum from Blue Cadet spoke at a conference and said he is the Ernie to his business partner’s Bert.  Who are you?