Tuesday, January 13, 2015

In God We Trust All Others Bring Data: 3 Things to Know When Leading the Analytical Thinking Employee

When Anthony Analytical takes a seat in your office, right off the bat he’s sizing you up. Why? Because he wants to know how smart you are.

In this issue:

3 Things to Know When Leading the Analytical Thinking Employee
* Training and Development News
* Servant Leadership Forum
* Define Your Destiny: A Self-Awareness Journey Toward Servant Leadership
* Thought for the Week 

Leadership is as much about people as anything. It’s a relationship. The more you know about your employees, specifically their personalities, the better equipped you will be to lead them. 

For those of you who have participated in our Emergenetics workshops, you know that there four thinking preferences. The two thinking preferences located on the left-side of the brain are: Analytical and Structural. The two thinking preferences located on the right-side of the brain are: Social and Conceptual. Today, I am going to discuss what a leader should know when leading an employee who has a preference for analytical thinking. 

1.  Values Intelligence. When Anthony Analytical takes a seat in your office, right off the bat he’s sizing you up. Why? Because he wants to know how smart you are. Intelligence is important him. Unless you prove him wrong, he “might” already think he’s smarter than you. Therefore, be prepared when you meet with him by knowing your stuff. There’s no quicker way to lose his respect than by being incompetent in his eyes. 

2.  Enjoys Mental Analysis. As his leader, you can talk about many things—your most recent or upcoming vacation, last night’s ballgame or the movie you’re going to see this weekend, and he will graciously listen. However, if you really want to see a gleam in his eyes, use “his” time wisely by discussing the project you assigned him earlier in the week. This will surely place a smile on his face. This is the employee who will ask the all-important “why” question. AND he won’t stop until he is satisfied with his answer, so don't take it personal. He's just trying to learn.


3. Data Driven. There’s a reason Anthony Analytical’s motto is, “In God we trust, all others bring data.” When he turns in an assignment, it will be fraught with facts and figures. If you have questions, he will have the answers. He is a clear thinker and prides himself on his ability think on his feet.  This employee doesn’t allow his emotions to get in the way of his thought processes. Oh, he has them (emotions). You just might not see them on display, at least not on a regular basis.

The key to leading an employee who has a preference for analytical thinking is the same as it is for an employee who has a preference for structural, social, and/or conceptual thinking. Use their strengths to further the goal of the department. When you allow an employee to use his talents in this manner, it is a win-win for everyone.

What about you? Do you lead or manage an employee who has a preference for analytical thinking? If so, how have you led them in the past? What are your plans for the future? Does this article make sense to you? I would love to hear from you.

Training and Development News

Last November I enjoyed my trip to the University of Wisconsin-Madison's College of Engineering to speak to group of undergraduate and graduate students about about team dynamics and servant leadership.

Servant Leadership Forum

The first Servant Leadership Forum for 2015 will take place on Tuesday, March 3, in the Community Room at the Pastoral Institute from 12:00 p.m. (noon) until 1:00 p.m. Our guest is Mr. William R. "Billy" Blanchard, Synovus Regional CEO and President and CEO of Columbus Bank & Trust Company. This brown bag event is free and open to the public. Bring your lunch and the Center for Servant Leadership will provide the drinks. Seating is limited, so register early by calling Diane at (706) 649-6507 ext.1204 or email her at dbell@pilink.org

Define Your Destiny


Define Your Destiny: A Self-Awareness Journey Toward Servant Leadership continues to do well on Amazon.com. I appreciate those of you who have already purchased the book. If you would like for me to speak to your organization about the most important characteristic of a servant leader, self-awareness, please give me a call at 706.573.4103 or send me an email at kredd@pilink.org.

Thought for the Week

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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