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Navigating the Resources

  1. Read the information below about the trait to develop a greater understanding of your strength/opportunity.
  2. Consider the Stop, Start, Continue examples to create your own actionable change behaviors.
  3. Explore the trait more fully by taking advantage of the weblinks below.

Analytical Thinking

(Detail Orientation, Detailed Analysis)

Analytical thinking measures the extent to which you approach solving problems through detailed, systematic investigation. Use the resources to help develop a greater understand of how analytical thinking can impact your success and how to improve in this area.


Higher levels of analytical thinking indicate that you tend to fully investigate problems and be highly detailed in your analyses.


Lower levels of analytical thinking indicate you may not dig deep enough into details and may engage in superficial analyses.


Excessive levels of analytical thinking indicate you may spend too much time and effort working out irrelevant details.

Identify an opportunity area that you would like to change. Then, develop behaviors that you can Stop (unhelpful or limiting behaviors), Start (behaviors that you can begin now), and Continue (behaviors that you already do well) to improve in this area. Use the examples below to help create your own Stop, Start, and Continue behaviors. 

Stop Start Continue
Skimming through information without fully taking it in. Applying a process to reviewing information (spreadsheets, budgets, etc.) and follow the steps each time. Identifying the issue as a first step.
Trying to tackle a large problem without a firm plan. Breaking down large or complex problems into multiple steps to ensure consistency. Asking others for help when needed.
Thinking too broadly without considering specifics. Applying a detail-oriented approach by proofreading work or taking a break then reviewing work prior to submission. Taking into account the overarching plan.