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Have you ever missed the woods for the trees? Have you ever been so focused on the details that you’ve…
July 15, 2021 | 1 min read
Thrive Skills are an essential set of cognitive, social and behavioral skills to enable our learners to continuously succeed, at every stage of their career.
Big-Picture Thinking is the ability to think beyond the details. Even though paying attention to detail is important to perform well, thinking about more than one solution to a problem. A big-picture thinker, who has a broader perspective, is a problem-solver, coming up with creative ideas.
n a professional setting, big-picture thinking skills are key because they lead to better opportunities and business success. Thinking of the long-term impact of business decisions safeguards organizations from setbacks. Big-picture thinking training can enable professionals to widen their horizon, focusing on strategic goals to be achieved over time. A leader who’s a big-picture thinker will likely be good at building a business that thrives even in the face of challenges.
Some examples of Big-Picture Thinking are creating lesson plans keeping in mind competitive examinations, conducting a trend analysis to study customer behavior before developing a product/service or investing in advertising to secure a product’s long-term market position. Going beyond the immediate needs of the organization, ensuring all possible roadblocks are accounted for are part of a big-picture mindset.
The ability to connect the dots, notice patterns and study trends is a big-picture thinker’s superpower. To develop a big-picture mindset, one needs to prioritize quality over quantity. Staying organized at work, focusing on the details without overlooking long-term effects and reflecting on mistakes to learn from them are some ways to develop Big-Picture Thinking.
Other Thrive Skills under THINK are Assimilating Knowledge, Overcoming Bias, Optimistic Outlook, Good Judgment and Ethical Clarity.