As Pepsico CEO, Indra Nooyi would visit the grocery store every week to see how her company’s products looked on the shelves. She’d then come back and talk to her team about what looked good and what didn’t, and ensure that they acted on it. It’s that detail orientation that separates outstanding professionals from the merely good. They collect and analyze the minutest data, and ensure that nothing is overlooked.
When you pay meticulous attention to detail, you avoid errors, ensure quality control and the timely delivery of products and projects. The more rigorous you are, the better your chances of success. God is in the details, you know.
Detail Orientation is the difference between doing a good job and a great job. Paying attention to the little things, minute errors or reading between the lines enhances the quality of work. A professional must have detail orientation skills to immerse themselves in their work and get more out of it than just the bare minimum.
The importance of being detail oriented is that it sets an individual apart. Their contribution to their work becomes more pronounced if it’s focused, specific and outcome-driven. It also helps to avoid common errors, enabling professionals to do a good job.
Some examples of Detail Orientation are performance quality checks with every piece of communication that goes out, proofreading documents and reports and encouraging others to do the same and even going back to files and folders, studying errors and ensuring they’re not repeated.
Professionals can develop detail orientation skills by understanding the brief, asking the right questions, breaking down complex tasks into smaller chunks, taking a breather in-between tasks and always, always proofreading the work. Detail Orientation is a must-have skill for those who want to be outstanding.
Harappa programs that focus on Detail Orientation as a Thrive Skill are the Young Talent Bootcamp and First Time Manager Program.
Other Thrive Skills under SOLVE are Digital Proficiency, Logical Reasoning, Learning Agility, Creative Solutioning and Consistent Productivity.