The Truth About Big-Picture Thinkers

Do you share the six traits they have in common?

Gil Gershoni
6 min readNov 10, 2020

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Some see a dance. Choreographer Charlotte Edmonds sees a story of resilience. Some see a bunch of caffeinated freelancers. Entrepreneur Pip Jamieson sees a creative-class movement. Some see a campaign. I see a cultural conversation.

This instinctive ability to zoom out is what has fueled the creativity and careers of many big-picture thinkers. While we differ in what we do and what fields we’re in, we look at the world in remarkably similar ways.

It comes down to a top-down perspective that considers all information as relevant information.

It doesn’t matter if it’s measurement and movement or design and business. To us, nothing is unrelated. This intellectual synthesis is a firehose we direct toward any curiosities and challenges in our paths. It’s also a trait often found among dyslexics like me, which helps propel us to the forefront of our industries.

Recently, an actor, surgeon, researcher and experience designer joined Edmonds, Jamieson and me at a virtual salon to discuss just this. The synergies were often and obvious during “The Bigger Picture Salon with Amazing Dyslexics”…



Gil Gershoni

Founder and creative director, Gershoni Creative. Frequently speaks on dyslexia and its impact on problem solving, design thinking and workplace collaboration.