Ideas are the engine of any organization, and a company that stops having new ideas is naturally one that will soon be in big trouble.
Those people who fill the 'Thought-oriented' roles on a team are crucial to innovating and keeping the organization moving ahead.
The role is often preferred by a creative person on the team, and the one who is always coming up with the latest and greatest idea. While this role is vital on a team, this person might not always understand that some of their ideas aren't practical, and they won't necessarily work within the constraints that they have been given as far as time line or budget.
However, some thought-oriented aspects include being able to step away from the ideas – and have the ability to take the ideas that are generated within the team and then put them to the practicality test. Some ideas are great, and some are just not feasible, and an important aspect is to sort the good ideas from the others.
Some thought-oriented roles have a specific skill set that plays a crucial role within the team. When something comes up that falls within their area of expertise they are ready to jump into action and take the lead.
While specialization is their strength, that in turn can limit their versatility and usefulness to the team when their particular skill is not in demand. Often provides a logical eye, making impartial judgements where required and weighs up the team's options in a dispassionate way. Tend to be highly creative and good at solving problems in unconventional ways.
Sober, strategic and discerning. Sees all options and judges accurately. Creative, imaginative, free-thinking, generates ideas and solves difficult problems. Brings in-depth knowledge of a key area to the team. Single-minded, self-starting and dedicated. They provide specialist knowledge and skills.
Sometimes lacks the drive and ability to inspire others and can be overly critical. Don't be surprised to find that: They could be slow to come to decisions. Might ignore incidentals, and may be too preoccupied to communicate effectively.
Don't be surprised to find that:
They could be absent minded or forgetful. Tends to contribute on a narrow front and can dwell on the technicalities.
They overload you with information.