Analytical Skills

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  1. Srinidhi007

    Srinidhi007 Silver IL'ite

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    Hi All,

    The way one person may approach a situation will be entirely different from other person who possess good analytical skills.

    How to improve analytical skills? Some may not be gifted with the analytical skills naturally, but it can be developed to some extend over a period of time.

    What needs to be implemented to improvise the analytical skills. Any tips or techniques?
     
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    Personally, reading Nancy Drew books and other mystery/crime solving stories when I was young helped. From teen onward, aside from books, academic knowledge, and life experience, watching shows and movies from different genres and countries(no matter how crappy they are) are helpful too.
     
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    turn a spectator to the situation and approach as a third party - no emotional attachment, then you wil start analysing...
     
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    This. :facepalm:
     
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    Quantitative analytical skills --- e.g., worksheet techniques -- can be learned from books that are used in business schools.

    The above two quoted posts show how behavioral science is used in analytical problem solving. This forum's topics on relationships in married life where people present seemingly mundane but complex problems (even "He wont help me in the kitchen") could use analytical skills to get to a solution, whether it be "reconcile to your lot and suffer in silence", or... "this is how you may get him to do what you like".

    And then there is the simple Boston Consulting Group Matrices, known as BCG matrix, -- for decision making. It has been applied to all sorts of analyses. Even Mahabaratha. The situations in Relationship threads lend themselves nicely to this form of analysis. A lot of participation in such threads, is like Nancy Drew books. You would engage in the story, suspect that everyone is lying, and finally get to your answer.
     
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    Ah! @Nonya! Someone suggested I should lure you into this forum. Here you are finally! Welcome to E&PG, you are officially an 'Egian' now! I'm by the way, the #nevercreditedPRTeam here. Nice to meet you. :cool:
     
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    Lure and Trap ? No wonder there ain't any credit for that kind of skullduggery.
    I like Relationships forum better. As I mentioned before, that teaches analytical techniques. For those who are observing the OP and the rejoinders in that forum (especially in the Married Life, and In-Laws sections) they would recognize that it is very similar to the course content of the Harvard University Fall 2016 course FUNDAMENTALS OF NEGOTIATION ANALYSIS Course Code: MLD-220M.

    COURSE DESCRIPTION:
    Why Negotiation Matters: Creating Value Through Joint Action in Multi-Stakeholder Environments ( otherwise known as Success within the Joint Family with a pair of parents-in-laws, and siblings of the husband).... yada yada...the course teaches how to
    ●anticipate barriers to agreement;
    ●assess no agreement alternatives;
    ●diagnose incentives and underlying interests;
    ●engage in backward mapping and sequencing to build winning coalitions;
    ●trade on differences to generate value-creating, sustainable agreements;
    ●synchronize internal/external negotiations;
    ●manage intra-team dynamics;
    ●resolve disputes even when others are becoming emotional or appear irrational;
    ●think strategically and act opportunistically to reset the negotiation table;
    ●understand the vital role of nookies ;
    ●and design agreements that create maximum value on a sustainable basis.

    If there are people in this E&PG subforum, they ought to quit here, and go to read the Relationships forum, and the sections on Married-Life, and Life-with-inlaws in detail. And write answers to the review questions posed there.
    That can get you to pass competitive college entrance exams, make good business managers, find nuanced solutions to your problems in software programming.
     
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