Researching, asking questions, spotting discrepancies.
These are the elements that underpin good strategy. As an INTP, these are also my natural abilities.
"No one is more enthusiastic and capable of spotting a problem, drilling through the endless factors and details that encompass the issue and developing a unique and viable solution than INTPs." -NERIS Analytics Limited
If you need someone to edit a complex policy document, your work will be made stronger with my eye for detail. I'll be the one saying things like "the statement on page 3 contradicts the one on page 73". (Which could be slightly vexing. I apologize in advance.)
Thesis: Sustainable Student Diets
Changing our personal consumption habits is an important step to becoming a more ecologically sustainable society. Research shows that our diets are a high leverage point in this regard.
For our Masters thesis, our team* studied barriers preventing students from adopting more sustainable eating habits. Research methods included focus groups, surveys, and interviews at universities in Europe, North America and Australia. In addition, to act in line with our beliefs, we took on a sustainable eating challenge of our own and recorded the results.
Not surprisingly, we found perceived cost to be a barrier among students. What was surprising was that, as students ourselves, we actually spent less money on a more sustainable diet.
*In Sweden, Masters theses are sometimes written collaboratively.
Research: Making Sense of Strategies
No one wants to reinvent the wheel. So. before embarking on the creation of the Wood Buffalo Strategy Roadmap, a plan for working together on community well-being, I reviewed many regional plans and strategies. I was looking for desired outcome statements - the goals and aspirations others had previously described for the region.
Boy, did I find them: everything from "better streetlights" to "become a global model for sustainable living". In all, I found and categorized over 1300 desired outcome statements.
As we conducted workshops and interviews, I continued to add new outcome statements to the list. As the Strategy Roadmap evolved, I cross-referenced the growing list, making sure everyone's ideas were reflected in the final version.