September 20, 2017

Broad or precise?

Group discussionBroad or precise, which do you prefer?

Possibly (but not necessarily) because I’m engineer, I generally regard precision (and the requisite level of detail) as an unmitigated good thing. Not everyone has the same preference of course.

It is quite striking (to me, that is) how some people seem to like an approach to a subject that is really quite broad. To those that unconsciously prefer more precision and structure such an approach can seem really rather woolly, and it’s hard to understand the choice.

But, of course, from the perspective of those who are comfortable with a certain fuzziness in the interest of a more general view, too much structure and precision can be distinctly suffocating.

In fact, of course, it takes all sorts.

The thing is…

Which do you prefer—the broad or the precise?

And what about the people you are dealing with?

Individuals may divide more sharply into the two categories than we realise and the one is rather unfathomable to the other. That’s because these patterns of filtering are largely unconscious.

The question then is how to adapt to a person’s preference, which, by the way, they probably aren’t aware of.

All rather significant in many contexts.