Strengths Insights Part 12: Analytical
Welcome to Part 12 of the Strengths Insight Series. Each week we look at a different Strength from the Gallup StrengthsFinder® framework. Reading these posts will give you an insight into those you work and live with.
Your Analytical theme challenges other people: “Prove it. Show me why what you are claiming is true.” In the face of this kind of questioning some will find that their brilliant theories wither and die. For you, this is precisely the point. You do not necessarily want to destroy other people’s ideas, but you do insist that their theories be sound. You see yourself as objective and dispassionate. You like data becase it is value free. It has no agenda. Armed with this data, you search for patterns and connections. You want to understand how certain patterns affect another. How they combine. What is their outcome? Does this outcome fit with the situation being confronted? These are your questions.
You peel back the layers until, gradually, the root cause or causes are revealed. Others see you as logical and rigorous. Over time they will come to you in order to expose ‘wishful thinking’ or ‘clumsy thinking’ to your refining mind. It is hoped that your analysis is never delivered too harshly. Otherwise, others might avoid you when the ‘wishful thinking’ is their own.
The framework, “The Evolution of an Idea” helps leaders and managers to build a team of diverse and complementary people. In essence an organisation’s purpose is to reveal and develop ideas into valuable service to mankind, or a part thereof. The framework helps people fit in so they feel valued.
An Analytical Strength is most valuable for a team in support of the Refiner. Although some analytical strength is important throughout the whole evolution of an idea, greater rigour is required for rebirth. (This is where Freemasonry is at right now) An idea in its infancy is fired by passion and excitement not logic and facts.
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Tips for Maximising your Analytical Strength
- Find a role that requires you to analyse data, find patterns, or organise ideas.
- Whatever you role, identify factual resources on which you can rely.
- Build your network of likewise anaytical people, past and living.
- Study, take an intellectually demanding, scientific course.
- Listen to what is needed. If it is to inspire and engage people, speak carefully. If it is a deeper truth, because an idea is becoming tired, courageously speak.
- Partner with people who have complimentary strength themes like; Strategic, Emapthy, Belief, Includer.
Managing people who have Analytical in their Top 5 Strengths.
- Position a team member strong in the Analytical theme further away from the customer in the early stages of relationship building.
- Make sure they have access to good data
- Make sure they feel heard, which will probably be best one to one rather than in the team meetings.
- Celebrate their Analytical strength. They play a vital part in a sustainable team, even though they are often seen as ‘party killers’.d
NZ Men are far more likely to have Analytical in their Top 5 than Women.
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