Control for Over-Analysis

Groups strong in the "I Opt" Hypothetical Analyzer style capabilities (HA) will tend to analyze issues in depth. When multiple strong HA's are on a team, the can each view an issue form a somewhat different perspective. Each perspective can give rise to divergent analyses that can be difficult to analyze.

HA's can absorb considerable time in considering issues in depth. If not focused on a common approach, their assessments can diverge. They can consider different variables, target different final objectives and ponder different options. Attempting to reconcile the different results can add to the evaluation time and expense.

One method of controlling this tendency is to require the group to elect a common strategic approach BEFORE engaging any significant resources in analysis, evaluation or planning.The strategy will define the scope to the areas to be considered, the appropriate depth of analysis and the specific decision (or action) the analysis/plan is intended to support.

The agreement on a common goal AND approach reduces the probability of divergent analysis. Applying this process where more than 40% of the group hold the HA as a dominant style is always prudent. At lesser levels judgment can be used based on actual behavior.

Gary Salton

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