Examples of analytical skills, what roles do you need these types of thinkers in and how to identify them in your company
Logic. Rigour. And critical thinking. People whose skills fall into the analytical strengths theme are the ones who always ask the right questions to test if ideas are sound. They’re looking for data, to distinguish actual good ideas from wishful thinking, because they want to help your business avoid mistakes.
And, fortunately, there’s a simple and effective way to identify the analytical thinkers among us and to develop them so you can deploy them for maximum effect in your business. And it’s called strengths.
Building on Clifton Strengths (formerly StrengthsFinder), strengths helps us understand what people have to offer – see what are strengths. It features 34 strengths (themes), divided into four strengths domains. And Influencing is one of those domains. See all four and their individual strengths in our complete list of strengths.
Here, we discuss the analytical strengths theme, see examples of analytical skills and what roles you need them in. Plus: We show you how to find the analytical thinkers in your company.
WHAT IS THE ANALYTICAL STRENGTHS THEME
A way to describe the people in the office who always ask why, want to know where ideas come from and want people to explain their thinking, the analytical strengths theme is one of the 34 main archetypes of skills described in CliftonStrengths.
It’s the people in the workplace who have a natural talent for challenging our ideas through research, so we come to the best conclusions or course of actions for the company. They understand data and patterns, to be able to advise on a more strategic approach, while simultaneously helping your business avoid unnecessary mistakes, costs or risks.
This strengths theme falls under the strategic thinking strengths domain, which is a group of skill types that help your business make better decisions, for more strategic growth. Discover all 4 strengths domains.
EXAMPLES OF ANALYTICAL STRENGTHS IN THE WORKPLACE
Now, you can imagine skills in analysis are vital in any business that requires scientific rigour, like with scientists, doctors, computing and forensics. But it’s also pivotal for companies and divisions that deal in data, like accounting, finance, insurance and advisors.
But there’s an important secondary dimension to analytical skills that make it valuable to every single business on the planet. It’s crucial for testing ideas for your strategic growth. For example, when your teams are coming up with their annual/quarterly plans, you need skilled analysers among them to test the validity of their assumptions at every level in the company.
You want analytical thinkers all throughout your company to double-check the assumptions everyone else is working under all along the ideation chain before the plans even reach management, so your business can effectively and efficiently make smarter, more strategic moves.
WHAT ROLES DO YOU NEED ANALYTICAL THINKERS IN?
According to Forbes, you need people skilled in analysis in market research, accounting and finance and computing – including software development. And you can add business analysts, engineers, meteorologists, logistics staff and even your strategic office support staff (like secretaries) to that list.
CareerExplorer adds any operational staff, as well as anyone involved in research and product development. In fact, it pays to have an analytical thinker among the teams who review your various departments’ strategies or business plans, which implies you need these skills in decision-makers too, as well as anyone involved in developing your company’s growth plans.
HOW TO IDENTIFY THE ANALYTICAL THINKERS IN YOUR COMPANY
We at LifeXchange live and breathe to help businesses achieve sustainable positive change for all stakeholders. And taking a strengths-based approach in your business is proven to benefit both your company and your people immensely. Studies show that focusing on strengths improves your employee engagement, lowering staff turnover by up to 72% and boosting customer engagement by 7% and profits by up to 29%.
So, we at LifeXchange help you implement strengths in your company. We come in and help you identify all your staff’s individual strengths, and then we help you make it part of your company’s systems and processes, so you can get the maximum benefit.
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