As you are organizing your business, a balance of big thinkers and detail-oriented people are needed.
This ensures that ideas and opportunities are presented and the details are executed.
Two Different Types of Thinking
Businesses face a wide variety of problems that require a diverse way of thinking and problem solving. One of the most important aspects of diverse thinking is in how employees approach creating ideas, solving problems and organizing work. Companies who value both big picture and detail-oriented thinking have a great chance at success and growing the business faster.
Definition of Big Picture Thinking?
Big picture thinking is the ability to come up with ideas, solutions and opportunities. Big thinkers see possibilities and jump on opportunities. They are willing to take risks because they see the chance to make big gains.
Imagine that you are a big picture thinker, working for a water park company. You’re really excited to open a water sports complex that has boats, sea-doos, paddle boards and all kinds of fun toys. You love being in the water, and you see opportunities to attract water enthusiasts. You are on the cutting edge of water toys and offer the latest and greatest. The cost to open the complex is going to be quite high.
However, you believe you can make a big return on your savings if you put it towards an exciting business.You envision the largest facility of its kind within a 5-state region. You plan to draw in families, corporate events, community groups and all types of organizations that want to play hard.
Your big thinking is risky, but you see big rewards in the future.
Advantages of Big Picture Thinking
There are many advantages to being a big picture thinker:
- You are motivated. You see the opportunity, and you are willing to get the support you need to make your dream a reality.
- You have lots of ideas. You continuously have new ideas in your mind. In fact, it can be challenging to stay focused on one because there are so many!
- You don’t see problems.
You can quickly come up with solutions to potential obstacles and are fast at solving problems.
- You see big possibilities. Big picture thinkers think big. You can see the big picture – potentially, financially or otherwise – of the plans and get very excited about how an idea could play out.
Definition of Detail-Oriented Thinking?
Detail-oriented thinking is a more precise way of planning, organizing and managing activities with specific details. Detail-oriented people are not visionaries but are very good at executing the details of a plan.
They likely over-think things in the process of organizing the plans. Detail-oriented people often are considered lacking common sense because they may not fully comprehend how all of the various pieces of a project. They are focused on the narrow area they are working on.When considering your watercraft business, you recognize that you need detail-oriented people on your team to ensure all of the elements of the plan are handled. You hire a manager who is very focused on specifics, and you give him the tasks of creating the to-do list for each aspect of the business. Your manager thinks through everything that needs to be done, from organizing the facility to ensuring the proper licenses and insurances are secured. A detail-oriented person is vital to the fine details being completed.
Advantages of Being Detail-Oriented
If you are a project manager or business manager, you undoubtedly want some detail-oriented people on your team. There are several advantages to this type of thinking:
- Details get done. While big thinkers are great at ideas, they are often weak at executing the details. Detail-oriented people ensure that every i is dotted and every t is crossed. Handling the specifics help ensure important aspects of projects don’t fall through the cracks.
- Deadlines are met. Detail-oriented people know when tasks are due and are likely to meet the deadline.
They can be very good at ensuring other people meet their deadlines, too.
- The planning process is more precise. When organizing the plans of a new project or activity, detailed-oriented people review all elements of the plan and consider what other issues need to be addressed and planned. As a result, detail-oriented people may not see the big picture and get stuck on little details rather than the project as a whole.
Returning back to your water park complex, you have the vision of how great the final result will be and how much fun people will have. However, you realize you need detail-oriented people to help you make your dream become a reality. You need someone to help you organize the construction, development and acquisition of the equipment.
Your team needs several detailed-oriented people on your team to help coordinate the details to get the operation ready to go, set up the marketing and publicity activities and hire and train the staff. All of these details are critical to your success and the effective operations of your business. A solid business needs both big-thinkers and detail-oriented team members to balance the potential opportunities with the reasonable actions that are necessary to make the big plans a reality.
Big thinkers are the idea generators, visionaries and force behind growth in companies.
Detail-oriented thinkers execute the plans to ensure all of the details are managed and the plans are organized. There are definite advantages to both styles of thinkers, with big thinkers coming up with ideas easily, having strong motivation from those ideas, and seeing problems as opportunities. And with detail-oriented thinkers, getting details done, meeting deadlines easily, and having a more precise planning process.A successful company needs a balance of both detail-oriented employees to get specific actions completed and big thinkers to keep the business moving forward with big opportunities.