Conceptual Thinking

Definition: The ability to analyze hypothetical situations or abstract concepts to compile insight.

Conceptual thinkers have an astute understanding of why something is being done. They can think at an abstract level and easily apply their insights to the situation. Tomorrow’s leaders will need to think conceptually across all facets to compete in a diverse and growing economy. The activities in this competency will teach you how to focus on the big picture and recognize implicit ideas before others do.

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Conceptual Thinking: Thinking Outside the Box

| Jan 30, 2018

Conceptual thinkers have an astute understanding of why something is being done. They can think at an abstract level and easily apply their insights to the situation.

Conceptual Thinking (Series Ep. 2)

Nov 20, 2017

Host Dale Dixon and Executive Advisor Ron Price continue their discussion of Conceptual Thinking. Ron peels back the layers of conceptual thinking and lays out how concepts are joined together to create a model.

Intro to Conceptual Thinking (Ep. 1)

Nov 13, 2017

Host Dale Dixon and Executive Advisor talk today about Conceptual Thinking, starting by defining the term and what it means for a leader.

Conceptual Thinking: Creating Theories

| Jul 11, 2017

In this short video, Innovation and Technology Strategist Dr. Evans Baiya outlines ways to better your expertise in Conceptual Thinking and explains why it is important to surround yourself with conceptual thinkers.

Digging Underneath the Surface of a Problem

| Feb 28, 2017

In this short video, TCL Faculty Member, Wade Johnson gives you tools to encourage Conceptual Thinking with your team and actions to improve this leadership skill on a day-to-day basis.

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Ideas to Get Better at Conceptual Thinking

| Jan 19, 2017

Want to improve your Conceptual Thinking skills? Check out this graphic for a variety of ideas that you can start implementing right away to improve your score.

TCL Video Series: Conceptual Thinking with Andy Johnson

| May 12, 2015

Conceptual thinkers have an astute understanding of why something is being done.

Creating & Sustaining Strategic Intent in the U.S. Coast Guard

This is the story of an organization that is becoming more aware every day

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Conceptual Thinking Coaching Guide

Tomorrow’s leaders will need to think conceptually across all facets to compete in a diverse and growing economy.