Talented individuals in the Analytical theme (Clifton Strengths* StrengthsFinder), are able to find reasons and causes. They are able to consider all factors that could affect a situation.
People with Analytical (Clifton Strengths* StrengthsFinder) talents will only accept an opinion if they are presented with it. It is possible to wonder, “Why would you say that?” Do you have evidence to support your assertions? Data and evidence are the best way to improve the quality of information. They are objective and can uncover a lot from patterns, insights and root causes.
YOUR WORLD VIEW
People with Analytical (Clifton Strengths* StrengthsFinder) talents find that it is risky to just take in all the information presented to them. You prefer to be able to interpret the data yourself.
WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT
- Asking too many questions
- Never be satisfied with the answer
WHAT FRUSTRATES DO YOU?
- Fluffy ideas without supporting evidence
- Take things to the surface
WHAT DO YOU VALUE?
- Statistics, data and facts
- You have the opportunity to voice your opinion and share your thoughts
How to manage someone with Analytical(r)
Your Analytical(r), employee has never encountered a piece they didn’t like to decode. This is great when you have the time to collect and evaluate data. Sometimes, however, an employee’s seemingly endless need for solid analysis and logical understanding may cause them to miss deadlines and bring down the entire team. Even worse, they often challenge their coworkers to back-up assertions with facts. This can lead to group dysfunction. These are some tips to keep Analytical(r), employees engaged and maximizing their potential.
You can help them to balance action and analysis. Set your employee up to succeed before you assign a project. Think about the time frame: Do they have enough time to analyze data and make connections? Think about their coworkers: Will they respect their analysis while still pushing for constructive action? If deadlines are tight, pair your Analytical(r), employee with Activators (r).
Make sure they understand the process and make decisions. Take your employee through each step of introducing a new process. Although it may seem like you are over-explaining things, your employee will appreciate the level of detail and organization. Include credible supporting data when you announce a decision. This will increase your employee’s confidence and reduce resistance to the decision.
Make sure they meet their deadlines. Time management is often more important than accuracy for Analytical(r). Be firm with deadlines and use smaller milestones to assess project pace.
Encourage them to stay engaged. Your Analytical(r), employee lives to find patterns in data and reason in numbers. Allow them to explain the patterns to you even if it seems unnecessary. Encourage them to use their critical thinking skills and keep them engaged in projects that will benefit from the data passion.