Detail-Oriented or Big-Picture? Find Out and Reduce Conflict

24 Jun

Since I’m starting my new private practice, I’m in the midst of sending resumes to different insurance providers for credentialing, and there they are: the resume buzz words! You know the ones…”experienced”, “hands-on,” “team-player,” and the most dreaded of them all–“detail-oriented.”

Resume-writing is difficult in part because, frankly, I’m NOT “detail-oriented.” I’m what you would call a “big-picture” thinker (which is probably why I’ve gravitated toward therapy). That means I have a tendency to look at the goal and figure out how to get there, instead of assessing each detail along the way.details

NOT being detail-oriented (but trying to be) has caused a great deal of conflict in my life, actually. When I was a news reporter, it was ALL about the details, and I had multiple run-ins with frustrated producers who often caught misspellings and misplaced commas. (What a relief to become a meteorologist and not have to be exactly right about the weather!).

On the other hand, I’ve known detail-oriented people who strive to become big-picture thinkers, and they’ve expressed frustration with projects that require a large-scale point of view. High-level managers call them incompetent because they can’t seem to get bogged down in the details. Then, there goes the confidence!

In the end, I’ve realized we should all assess ourselves and be honest: if you love details, embrace it! If love the big-picture, good for you! But, I, for one, am tired of all the conflict that comes with trying to be something I’m not. Aren’t you?




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