Amp Up Your Career – a guide to improving your Analytical skills

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 1am

Analytical thinking is a critical pre-requisite in all roles and especially so for leadership roles - it helps you to research, gather information, visualize, articulate, and solve complex problems. Even with extensive training, there would be instances where you will put on the spot to think analytically and your response could well contribute to your trajectory within the organization.   

Some decisions can either make or break your career. Therefore, it cannot be overstated that developing analytical thinking skills is important. So, where does one start? We've put together a short list that can help you navigate your way to building and achieving strong analytical capabilities.   

Gather and Evaluate Information: In layman words, it allows you to evaluate the effectiveness of governance, risk management and control and to provide assurance and insight.  This skill is beneficial since it allows you to separate the wheat from the chaff and encourages you to think critically about the reliability, validity, accuracy, authority, timeliness, point of view or bias of information sources.  

Break down Complex Problems: An analytical approach is the use of an appropriate process to break a problem down into the elements necessary to solve it. Each sub-element becomes a smaller and easier problem to solve. ... Because if this is not done, the problem remains too big and complex to solve. 

Learn to Manage Information Effectively: Managing Information in business helps top level management in goal setting, strategic planning and evolving the business plans and their implementation and plays the role of information generation, communication, problem identification and helps in the process of decision-making. 

Strategies for the understanding Complex Reading Material: Effective reading means engaging with texts, forming links, and understanding opinions. It is not about remembering every detail, but by developing an understanding of the meaning of the details which can then be re-worked in a productive and constructive way. 
 
Develop Alternatives and Solutions: Good solutions are not possible without good alternatives. Yet we often move to a single solution, without truly exploring distinct and creative alternatives. An alternative is not a single action, but a set of actions – a ‘portfolio’, “strategy”, or ‘package’ of individual elements that together provide a comprehensive approach to the decision situation. Alternatives should reflect substantially different approaches to a problem or different priority across objectives and should present decision makers with real options and choices. 

 

Analytical skills are kind of problem-solving skill. They allow you to evaluate simple or complex problems. It incorporates many skills like attention to detail, critical thinking ability, decision making, and researching skills in order to analyze a question or problem and reach a solution. These strengths can help solve a company's problems and improve upon overall productivity and success.

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