How Big Picture Thinkers Seize More Opportunities in 7 Steps

How Big Picture Thinkers Seize More Opportunities in 7 Steps

What kind of opportunities do big picture thinkers have? Infinite.

They see possibilities and are always looking to learn something new, grow and adapt.

Big picture thinkers are not unicorns - rare and mystical. And they were not born with the innate ability to think big. They do, however, pay attention to the broader landscape and take the time to think, analyze and evaluate.

Big picture thinkers start by analyzing their industry and how their business fits into the larger market. Next they thoughtfully consider the purpose of their organization. If their company is not clear on its purpose, they interview and ask questions until it becomes crystal clear. Now they can understand how their role fits into moving the organization forward.

Micro thinkers focus first on themselves and second on their job description. They consider the work required within the four corners of the page and nothing more. They limit themselves and in doing so miss out on opportunities.

Notice that we didn’t mention that big picture thinkers focus on their personal agenda. They know that if they work toward the organization's broader mission, their personal goals will be achieved in the process.

Here are 7 things big picture thinkers do EVERY DAY. They:

  • Take responsibility to learn, grow and change on their own.
  • Are optimistic and imagine possibilities.
  • Assess, reassess and consider options - researching and analyzing from many different angles.
  • Look past silos and think through solutions.
  • Understand how their goals align with the organization's objectives.
  • Actively listen, not just to what is said, but what is not said.
  • Trust their gut and listen to their intuition.

Big picture thinkers take the time to connect the dots. They gain insight and perspective that others do not which creates more opportunities to engage, contribute and grow

Big picture thinkers see possibilities and in doing so they are asked to participate in areas that are not within the four corners of their job descriptions.

If you want to take a crack at big picture thinking we recommend you START with the following:

  • Read industry publications and pay attention to what your competitors are doing.
  • Read your company’s annual report.
  • Seek to understand your organization's goals and mission.  
  • Ask your manager to help you understand how your team’s goals fit into the organization’s goals.
  • Ask questions about how and why things work the way they do.

Once you gain a bigger perspective, THINK.

Do you see new opportunities that have not been explored?

Can you communicate your ideas effectively to other people in your organization?

Do you have a new awareness about how to break through obstacles?  

Once you become a big picture thinker there is no turning back. Share your perspective and insights with others and roll up your sleeves - opportunities are going to come your way!

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Most Read IRIS Articles of the Week: April 17-21

Most Read IRIS Articles of the Week: April 17-21

Here’s a look at the Top 11 Most Viewed Articles of the Week on, April 17-21, 2017 

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1. Market Keeping You up at Night? Look for the Right Hedge

Like so many others in the industry, I was wrong. For years, I was certain that the bull market was nearing its end. I thought the market was over-extended, and that, surely, the wild equities run was coming to an end. But everyone else was bullish, and perhaps rightfully so. And while I’ve watched equities continue on their spectacular rise, I do think now is the time (really!) to put a hedge in place. Here’s why. Here’s how. — Adam Patti

2. How to Manage Bond Market Pain and Seek the Gain When Rates Are Rising

The realities for fixed income investors have changed. How is this being reflected in markets? Bond investing has become increasingly difficult over the past decade. Markets have been heavily distorted by ultra-low interest rates and quantitative easing, as well as by extreme risk aversion in response to the global economic crisis and the eurozone debt crisis. — Nick Gartside

3. Seven Reasons You'll Fail as a Financial Advisor

Is being a financial advisor worth it? I am an optimistic person and I encourage other people to keep a positive mental attitude (shout-out to Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone). However, by taking a good, hard look at the negatives in life, we can successfully pivot towards the positive aspects that will help us achieve our goals. — James Pollard

4. The Secret to Turning Every Prospect into a Client

How do you treat one of your most valued, existing clients? Here’s a list of some things that come to mind. — Andrew Sobel

5. Why Do Clients Change Advisors?

According to many advisors I speak with, the only clients that leave are those who have died. And while attrition may not be a big problem in this industry, I have to assume that at least a few clients change advisors without doing so via the funeral home. — Julie Littlechild

6. Why You Should Focus on Getting Referral Sources

I was talking with an advisor last week about how to get into conversations about what he does. He was relaying the story of going jogging with a friend who could be a good client but is, more importantly, connected to a large network of people who fit this advisors ideal client description. — Stephen Wershing

7. How Big Picture Thinkers Seize More Opportunities in 7 Steps

Big picture thinkers are not unicorns - rare and mystical. And they were not born with the innate ability to think big. They do, however, pay attention to the broader landscape and take the time to think, analyze and evaluate. — Jill Houtman and Danny Domenighini

8. 5 Actions to Build Your Reputation

Your reputation is who you are and how you show up, Monday to Monday®.  Many of us take our image and reputation for granted.  Give careful thought to the kind of reputation that you would be proud of Monday to Monday® and that would resonate with your purpose and priorities. — Stacey Hanke

9. How Are You Poised to Begin Welcoming GenZ to Your Workplace?

The generational changing of the guard is a fact of life as old as time. Young replaces old in responsibility, importance, control and culture. Outside of the family, the workplace is perhaps where this is seen most regularly by most people. — Shirley Engelmeier

10. Are Price Objections REALLY Price Objections?

Next time you hear your prospects give you price objections, it’s not because of the price. The give price objections because they don’t know the full value proposition that they’d be paying for. And it’s not based on their need, or your features and functions. It’s based on the buying criteria they want to meet internally. — Sofia Carter

11. Understanding the Economic Value of Transition Deals

Last week we wrote about the economic rationale behind going independent vs. moving to another major firm as an employee. As a follow-up topic, we thought it prudent to analyze transition packages attached to big firm moves and peel back the layers of the onion to show the components of these deals. — Louis Diamond

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