I’m not a stickler for details. I’m your big-picture girl. It’s all about the ideas. (And I’ve got some pretty big ideas.) Someone else can be in charge of the minutia.
Today, on Working Mommy Wednesday, we’re talking about an inborn personality trait. Let’s face it, there are some characteristics we are just born with.
A long time ago, I learned that there are two kinds of people. Lumpers and Splitters.
In psychological terms, Lumpers see similarities instead of differences – we “lump” our thoughts together. Lumpers focus on the overall goal and roll over the details. We assign categories in our brains broadly.
Not so for Splitters. Splitters see differences. And they assign new categories in their brains based on these differences, which means they tend to spot important issues but sometimes go off on tangents. And we need both kinds of people to make our workplaces (and our homes) thrive.
I’m a Lumper, which is good news and bad news.
I always like to give the good news first:
- I don’t stress over the details.
- I can usually see the big picture.
- I don’t mind delegating the little stuff.
- I focus on getting it done, it doesn’t have to be perfect!
- Sometimes, I move too fast.
- I get impatient with splitters.
- Missing details can result in mistakes.
- Even though I don’t mind delegating, my “ideas” are usually pretty darn specific (and I expect others to read my mind since I don’t labor over details).
I felt like shouting back to her, “No, the Devil is the details!”
Besides, that’s what Splitters are for. (Have I mentioned that I am married to a Splitter?)