If you could peer into the analytical mind, what would you find? Are business intelligence (BI) analysts independent thinkers who like to work out solutions to their questions alone? Or are they collaborative in nature, wanting to share their insights and gain perspectives from their peers?

The answer, as you might expect, isn’t that easy. But it is fascinating. Aberdeen set out to find where analytics users fall on the collaborative-independent spectrum and also examine the advantages and disadvantages of each frame of mind. Their findings are incorporated into a research report, “Analytical Mind Map: The Collaborative-Independent Spectrum.” Here are a couple of interesting pieces of information from the report:

  • Need for speed: Collaborators are 29% more likely than independent analysts to say that the speed of their decision making has improved.
  • More voracious appetite for data: Independent individuals are 77% more likely to access BI tools on a weekly (or more frequent) basis.

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Learn more about the collaborative-independent spectrum

Where do you and your co-workers fall on the collaborative-independent spectrum? Do you like to talk out your data findings with other analysts? Or do you prefer to uncover data insights on your own? Here is a graphic to help you figure it out:

Collaborators and independent thinkers are found at all levels of organizations, but there is some interesting information that Aberdeen uncovered about the distribution of each mindset among job roles and the different ways in which individuals provide value to their organizations.

Learn more about the analytical mind map. Download this report by Aberdeen, “Analytical Mind Map: The Collaborative-Independent Spectrum” to learn what personalities go with which analytical roles and the pros and cons of collaboration and independence. It’s interesting information to help you think about how you work with others, and the ways that your organization can find value from your personal style.

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Kathy is director of healthcare marketing at Dimensional Insight. She graduated from Dartmouth College and is currently pursuing her MBA in health sector management at Boston University. Kathy is also communications chair for the Massachusetts chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).
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