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What applies more to you: Detail-oriented or visionary?

Anonymous A asked on Oct 17, 2019 - 2 answers

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You could potentially answer this question either way, but my preference would be towards being detail oriented by default. This is definitely a critical skill to have as a consultant. Being driven to always ask the next question and dig deeper is an essential tool for delivering new insights.

A good answer would recognise that having a bigger picture or visionary perspective is also important since a consultant must see how the detailed microcosm fits into the broader context. You can position this as a development area and something that you are working on.

This is a capability that a consultant will develop over time and I think it’s easier to go from being detailed to visionary than the other way around. As a junior conultant your role will require you to be more detail oriented, but as you gain more experience and progress through the ranks to Manager and beyond, your role focuses more on the visionary.

In consulting this ability to be able to flip between these two perspectives is called ‘porpoising’. (Imagine a porpoise diving deep in the ocean going about its business, surfacing occasionally to breathe and looking down at the depths from a different perspective).

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replied on Oct 30, 2019
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For entry-level positions in consulting, detailed oriented people are needed.

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