Conceptual Thinking

Conceptual thinking is the practice of deepening understanding of abstract, disparate ideas, generating new ideas, and reflecting on past decisions. Conceptual thinkers understand abstract concepts, such as a complex business function or a nonlinear digital process, easily. They can connect disparate ideas to find innovative ideas and reflect on past decisions to improve future outcomes. These soft skills are valuable for a variety of reasons and are useful for people in different positions within a company.

Soft skills such as communication, problem-solving and time management are valuable for developing and utilizing employees at all levels of an organization. Conceptual thinking is a soft skill that many people can benefit from using but few are aware of. The use of conceptual thinking can greatly improve employees’ understanding of their role in the larger organization and their work products. In this article, we explain what conceptual thinking is, how to start thinking conceptually, and offer examples of conceptual thinking at work.

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