Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Analytical: Logically Explaining Life

People exceptionally talented in the Analytical theme search for reasons and causes. They have the ability to think about all factors that might affect a situation.
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The Analytical theme falls in the Strategic Thinking domain, and for good reason; people high in this theme are very logical thinkers. They have an innate talent to boil down incredibly complex issues into simplistic terms. This doesn’t mean that they do not see the complex; Analytical thinkers see any and all factors that impact a given predicament. Yet, amidst this, they can find simplify the root of the situation. Consequently, because of this gift, large problems, pressures, and issues do not overwhelm those talented in this theme.  

Each and every theme has something it gives and something it needs. The contributions of someone with Analytical are very apparent; they bring an intentional thought processes to situations, even in the midst of high pressure or emotion. Those with Analytical are greatly valued on teams for their ability to boil down to the truth of the matter. However, to get to the truth, Analytical thinkers have needs. They need to have data and facts in order to see truth. Furthermore, since their thought process is so intricate and comprehensive, those with Analytical often need time to think.

9.3% of our mentors and 4.0% of our mentees have Analytical in their Top 5. If you or your mentee has Analytical in your top 5, spend time honoring that theme through activities that will draw it out. For example, look for case studies, mystery stories, or word problems to solve together. Watch your mentees thought process as they work to find the best solution. You may hear phrases like “the answer is obvious” or “there’s not enough information to complete this.” Through having strengths based conversation and activities with your mentee, you will be encouraging them in their pursuit of truth and reason.


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