Hiring managers always assumed that I was a very detailed-oriented person. It turns out that this is not the case: I'm certainly a very analytic person, yet I always think "big picture", and everybody who knows me well would say that I am everything but detail-oriented.
Since I clearly lack this skill, I surround myself with truly detail-oriented people, in particular for filing tax forms and keeping track of financial transactions. I do have a number of strengths, being detailed-oriented is just not one of them:
- I'm good at being organized (my desk looks like a pile of garbage, but it is extremely organized garbage - please don't try to clean it)
- I conceive, design (algorithms or great visual dashboards), model, investigate, solve, optimize
- I use good judgment more so than insights from statistical reports, to boost revenue and growth
- I use craftsmanship skills more so than recipes learned at university or some other training, to manage my operations / client operations
- My brain uses fuzzy logic to solve problems
- I don't like coding (except in Perl), but I have designed a few systems, even distributed systems, without writing one line of code
- I have a strong sense of intuition, and can "feel" patterns in big data sets using simple visual techniques or data dictionaries
- I sometimes "feel" what the future will be (for a specific issue), without running any predictive models.
- Typically, I combine statistical modeling with intuition and use of external data sources. For instance, I like to combine data from sales, advertising, finance, sales from competitors, social networks (to measure brand trends), industry trends, external data agencies (providing market share trends), economic data, etc. to answer a question about sales forecasts.
I believe that the above strengths are more typical of a senior analytic professional, and I want your opinion on this.
Question: Do you think that typical analytic professionals are detailed-oriented but lack the big picture and vision? Or do you think it is possible to have both (I don't think so). Or do you think there are two types of analytic professionals: detailed-oriented vs. visionaries / big picture thinkers.