I along with 1100 other Indy people had the chance to hear Daniel Pink speak at Butler tonight. Awesome, as I was certain he would be. However, the thing that stuck the most with me was a quote from a study/research he shared. (I’m probably going to butcher the facts, as it has been a long day, but hopefully not the bottom line…) In this study, they took ‘rock stars’ or the best and brightest at work from several different workplaces and gave them a battery of tests–IQ, other stuff, etc. to see what was the differentiating factor between rock stars and everyone else. There was only one correlate among rock stars, and it wasn’t IQ. It was this: the ability to see the big picture and to view the future. The ability to see the proverbial “forrest” through the trees was the key to rock star status (in this particular study). So, big picture thinkers, listen up: you have a huge opportunity to become rock stars!
Yes, of course we need people who are detail oriented (not saying one is good and the other is bad), I’m merely saying that the ability to take a step back and look at the big picture is a GREAT quality to have…so own it if you have it! And if you don’t, fear not, there is time to sharpen your skills and go forrest hunting.