Analytical Thinking: Let Reason Rule

By Jennifer Bridges, PMP (formerly, Jennifer Whitt)

“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?
  • As a leader, can you help get the analytical thinker past “analysis paralysis”?

The new economy is going to continue to require us all to exercise the analytical part of our brain and have us let reason rule. If you are testing the logic of an idea, focusing on the details, evaluating a team’s effectiveness or creating a contingency plan, analytical thinking is going to be your key to your success. If this is not your strong suit, I recommend strengthening an underutilized area of your brain you may have forgotten you have or identifying and identifying and leveraging those who excel in this area.  Doing things the old way or assuming things is not a choice. Let reason rule – tackle a problem “head on”. Literally!


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