I could tell within seconds of talking to Andy that his dominant strength was Analytical, a man whose first response was always “prove it.”

He wanted proof of any claim. He wanted data, statistics and facts. Yet even more facts often wasn’t enough to settle things once and for all.

The analytical StrengthsFinder theme is ranked 20th in frequency out of all 34 themes.  It is considered a strategic thinking strength.

People who are analytical, they love to search for reasons and causes.  They have this ability to think about all of the factors that might affect the situation.  They tend to trust facts and discard feelings.  They would rather trust their mind over their heart.

What’s most likely paired with analytical .35 percent it’s going to be achiever and learner.  What is least likely paired with analytical is positivity and WOO which is at .02 percent.

The Balcony of Analytical

A metaphor to describe analytical is a scientist.  They’re data driven, fact finders, and observers.  Objective, numbers oriented, skeptical and questioning.  Analytical helps us think logically, deeply, and dispassionately.

The Power is that you find explanations for why things worked out.
The Joy is in having the right explanation.
The Beauty is when you have proof supported by data.
The Hope is that there is a logical explanation for everything.

I was coaching a couple with an Analytical husband and wife with Empathy StrengthsFinder theme. His wife wanted more hugs and more emotional connection.
I suggested instead of trying to appeal to him through emotion to connect with you, how about you keep a journal and a log of every time he hugs you and how that affects your relationship.

So she started keeping a log over several weeks. She would share this data weekly. Sharing this data made this analytical guy come alive.  It wasn’t that he didn’t want to connect with his wife but the way that he connected was through data and data motivated him.

The Basement of Analytical

Analytical thinkers who operate in the raw immature strength can drive other people nuts.

The sheer constancy of their skepticism can wear you down. They don’t mean to destroy other people’s ideas—though they often do.

Andy craved data because data was value free. Data had no hidden agenda. Armed with solid information, he searched for patterns and connections because without seeing those patterns and connections, he refused to move forward.

Why should he, when it was obvious, at least to Andy, that more analysis was needed.

The next step in Andy’s career was to start a new video production business.

Before he could do that, however, he needed to address one overwhelming challenge.

Andy’s biggest challenge wasn’t improving his technical skills, marketing, or even landing big clients.
His biggest challenge was in managing perceptions. People often perceived his dominate Analytical strength as unemotional, detached, even confrontational.

I encouraged Andy to have a chat with his clients and peers.

Andy became a better communicator with clients about his analytical approach and how it often required data and other information to logically back up new ideas he might suggest.

In other words, he needed to let clients know in advance that what could be perceived as his overly-meticulous nature, was in fact a highly developed and thoughtful evaluation of the data and not a reflection on people or their ideas.

Rather than fight his need for analysis, I coached him to invite his clients to join him, to embrace his skill at judiciously parsing raw data, and understand that his painstaking methods consistently produced outstanding results.

One barrier label to the analytical theme is that you get paralysis by over analysis.

Contrasting the Analytical Strength

Analytical says my head guides me. Empathy says my heart guides me.
Analytical says truth is objective and must be measured.  Connectedness says truth is spiritual and may be invisible.

A spiritual example from the Good Book in Acts 17:11 says, “Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”

 

Action Items for the Analytical Strength

Apply analytical not only to professional success but also to personal success as I shared in the couple story earlier.

Learn more facts and data about emotional intelligence.
Explain the rationale behind your decisions and behavior to help bring people along with you.
Connect your Analytical understanding to your personal and organizational greater mission.

Discovery Questions for Analytical

What feeds your analytical need?

What data have you been considering lately?
Who is fun to talk to that energizes your analytical strength?
Who could benefit from your data, facts, and information now?

Andy better communicated with clients that his analytical approach would often require data and other information to logically back up new ideas they might suggest. He let clients know in advance that what could be perceived as his overly-meticulous nature, was in fact a highly developed and thoughtful evaluation of the data and not a reflection on people or their ideas. He invited his clients to join him, to embrace his skill at judiciously parsing raw data, and
understand that his painstaking methods consistently produced outstanding results.

The outcome of all that effort was better than we imagined. Andy proved it with his analytical strength.

In 2013 Andy produced the video The Art of Lap Ngo, about Vietnamese painter Lap Ngo, and won the National Academy of Television Arts Emmy for Best Cultural Documentary.

About the author: Brent O’Bannon coaches individuals, teams, and organizations as the first GALLUP
Certified Strengths Coach in the world.  He is an Amazon #1 Best Selling Author and you can learn more
at brentobannon.com and strengthschampion.com

 

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