Analytical Thinking

How to Overcome Paralysis by Analysis

Magnifying GlassDue to their drive for perfection, analytical thinkers have a distinct advantage in life; they thrive on achievement, and, in turn, they often achieve. However, the tireless pusuit of reason does have its drawbacks, including the propensity to over-think, which is commonly referred to as “analysis paralysis.” As a thinker you’ll want to gain the obvious strengths of Analytical Thinking, while minimizing the possible weaknesses.

The analytical thinker is often a perfectionist who demands the absolute best of a solution. However, this can be a double-edged sword. By insisting on perfection, the end-solution may be steller. Or it may be non-existent if the drive for perfection leads to “analysis paralysis” – a common condition of analytical thinkers who over-analyze to the point that they cannot move forward.

But most valuable are the analytical thinker’s positive qualities – the ability to dig up facts, to find the optimal solution, and to overcome obstacles. Read the rest of this entry »

Optimize Your Thinking…In the News!

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Analytical Thinking: Let Reason Rule

Donna the Detective“It’s a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.” – Somerset Mougham, Novelist

You know the analytical thinkers in a room – they don’t hesitate to ask questions or challenge the expert. With a style that resembles an FBI profiler, these thinkers tackle a problem head on, and they’re careful to never assume anything. All facts are checked, all stones are turned.

After verifying the facts, the analytical thinkers can apply the faculty of logic to dissect a problem into individual parts. They then “paste these analyses together with a logical glue” to construct a sound solution.

 

As a Thinker…

Do you know how to dissect a problem and reconstruct it with logic?

As a Team Member…

Are you able to effectively contribute to a solution when working with this reason-ruled thinker? Read the rest of this entry »

What Makes a Good Leader?

GoldfishGreat thinkers aren’t necessarily good leaders. Sheer intelligence can get you far, but it’s your acute perceptions of people that make you an effective leader. With an eye on the group’s success, a leader positions each thinker in a role that suits his or her abilities – bringing out the best in those they lead.

The effective leader is a savvy reader of human nature. But we are not all born with this ability. Using the 8 Ways of Thinking, you can gain unique insight into your team’s motivations and behaviors. When you know how your team members perceive and process the world, you can create an environment that fosters productivity and contentment. Read the rest of this entry »

Use Different Perspectives To Your Advantage

As you work to become an “optimized” thinker, you will want to consider that every situation has numerous perspectives – and your perspective depends on the thinking style you use. As a team member, this will help you to recognize that not everyone has to see a situation as you do. The resulting understanding can forge stronger bonds, giving you greater influence and an intrinsic sense of harmony.

brainHow to “Optimize” Your Relationships

The ability to work well with others is essential to high performance. A person might have all the indicators of success – an Ivy League degree, an impressive resume, even a genius IQ – but without people skills, these credentials lose relevance in the workplace.

The 8 Ways of Thinking (Inventive, Analytical, Pessimistic, Assertive, Intuitive, Altruistic, Optimistic, and Resolute) provide a rare insight into the complex thinking processes of those around you. if you feel like someone’s from another planet, he or she might just have a different thinking style than you do. In fact, this person’s abilities could be the perfect complement to your own – not in spite of, but because of your differences. Read the rest of this entry »

Optimize Your Thinking and Abilities

Strong TeamSocrates said about life: the unexamined mind is “an unnecessary waste.” Simple self-awareness can help you overcome habitual thought patterns that have stunted – or locked – your performance potential. Recognizing the 8 Ways of Thinking (Inventive, Analytical, Pessimistic, Assertive, Intuitive, Altruistic, Optimistic, and Resolute) in others will further your understanding of the people around you, leading to greater patience and greater influence.

Ultimately, your artful application of this knowledge will make you a uniquely effective leader. Not only can you position your performers where they will thrive, but you can also share the principles of “optimized” thinking to help them become well-rounded, multi-dimensional thinkers.

Optimize Your Thinking

Are you an “optimized” thinker? If so, you can effectively use all 8 Ways of Thinking – even those ways that don’t come naturally to you. Most essentially, you know how to determine the best way of thinking to use for any given situation. Read the rest of this entry »

8 Steps to Successful Brainstorming

Questions“Simple solutions seldom are. It takes a very unusual mind to undertake analysis of the obvious.”Alfred North Whitehead, Mathematician and Philosopher

It was once believed that you were either blessed with analytical skills – or not. However, today’s research shows that Analytical Thinking is “teachable and learnable.” Cognitive expert R.D. Freseman asserts that individuals must acquire “skills in questioning, analyzing, comparing, contrasting, and evaluation so they will not become addicted to being told what to think and do.” Do you know how to look beyond the obvious and see the patterns connecting the facts? Read the rest of this entry »

Analytical Thinking Leads to Optimal Solutions

You were exposed to Analytical Thinking in school when an assignment required you to make a hypothesis and take structured steps to prove it. But does it come to you naturally? Like an FBI profiler, the analytical thinker can follow a distinct line of reasoning and identify patterns of logic that others might overlook.SWOT analysis

Often called “critical” thinking, Analytical Thinking is a skill you can continually cultivate and improve upon with practice. Even emotion-based thinkers, such as the intuitive or altruistic thinker, can learn to apply the analytical approach to challenges at home, such as when hiring a lawn service or setting up a college fund. And at work, the ability to use Analytical Thinking will often lead you to an optimal solution. Most importantly, you’ll have the facts to back it up.

Strength Assessment

Are you an analytical thinker? If you can put aside emotional bias and take a structured, orderly approach to solving a problem, you know how to think analytically. There are many situations that warrant this calculated thought process, such as when evaluating an idea or uncovering hidden assumptions. Read the rest of this entry »

Utilize Your Team’s Strengths

Strong TeamRemember, every strength, when carried to an extreme, can become a weakness. The Analytical Thinker can over-analyze. The Pessimistic Thinker can introduce a state of dread. The Assertive Thinker can break too many rules. The Intuitive Thinker can be emotionally biased. The Inventive Thinker can blow the budget with reinvention. The Altruistic Thinker can over-concern themselves with others’ issues. The Optimistic Thinker can overlook obvious risks. The Resolute Thinker can step on the toes of others.

By assigning suitable roles and advising your team to keep their strengths in check, you can build a team that’s primed for success. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Lead Your Group to the Ultimate Potential

Groups are as individual as people. Two groups of thinkers can tackle the same problem and devise drastically different solutions. It’s the chemistry, or thinking combination, that determines how a group behaves collectively.

Leading to SuccessWhen in charge of a group, you might have the opportunity to decide who will comprise your team. If this is the case, you will no doubt try to choose individuals who demonstrate signs of empowered thinking – they know how to maximize their strengths and minimize weaknesses.

Don’t forget that there’s room for “Dr. Disaster” on any team. While he may bring a cloud of negativity, through strategic leadership, you can help him harness his foresight for failure to benefit the team. Read the rest of this entry »