In self-deprecating rhetoric, Justice Ginsburg delivered a quote, Tuesday, much in support of analytical thinking. She defined the legal mind as one that “can think about a thing inextricably attached to something else without thinking about the thing which it is attached to.” She might have put the preposition “to” in another location. But aside from that, the comment, built on obvious legal assumptions, is a superb piece of analytical thinking.
Having used the Myers Briggs (MBTI) and one form or another of David Merrill’s personality inventory, I used to think that most business managers and workers were highly analytical. Of course, business people—by a huge margin—tend to prefer analytical thinking over the big-picture or strategic.