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Conceptual Thinking
Conceptual Thinking is the cognitive capacity to understand and respond to the complexities inherent in the SAF operating environment, including making sense of the moral and ethical dilemmas that may arise. This cognitive capacity of the SAF leader allows him to scan the environment and make sense of the input, understand complex and divergent issues, and to interpret key messages and trends. He creates order out of chaos, solves problems and responds to challenges with innovative solutions. He may use past experience, information from non-traditional fields and non-linear thinking to generate fresh perspectives and imaginative ways to succeed. Conceptual thinking consists of Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking and Ethical Reasoning skills.
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Critical Thinking

Identifies, defines and solves problems by thinking analytically and logically, drawing on all data sources, knowledge and past experiences; appreciates the external environment, consequences and impact any decision may incur strategic/systems thinker, links actions to a large cause or purpose; develops long term strategic plans to shape the future.
Strategic
Analyses complex and volatile situations to frame the issue and context before choosing the best option to balance conflicting needs; considers social, political, economic and military factors in analysing consequences; understands how the organisational vision fits within he total defence framework and the broader international arena.
Organisational

Evaluates conflicting information and draws logical assumptions based on knowledge and experience to define problem and arrive at the optimal solution; appreciates the linkages between the needs of different organisational components and levels; applies real time intelligence to determine the best way to achieve higher.
Direct

Analyses all available information to define the problem, generates options and selects the optimal solution; appreciates the rationale behind decisions and how the mission fits into the overall tactical plan; understands the intent of higher command and makes decisions that are sound.
 
Creative Thinking

Identifies, defines and solves problems by thinking analytically and logically, drawing on all data sources, knowledge and past experiences; appreciates the external environment, consequences and impact any decision may incur strategic/systems thinker, links actions to a large cause or purpose; develops long term strategic plans to shape the future.
Strategic

Creates a compelling vision for the future and develops a frame of reference to achieve it; inspires a culture of creative thinking; reframes existing problems and boundaries to encourage others to view the problem from a different perspectives.
Organisational

Understands the desired future state and devises creative courses of action to achieve it; identifies weaknesses in current structures and processes and proposes unconventional methods to overcome the weaknesses.
Direct

Keeps an open mind to new ideas and seeks innovative solutions to problems; challenges the status quo and accepted norms/thinking process.
 
Ethical Reasoning

Develops a sound understanding of values and standards of ethical conduct in the SAF; engages in ethical thinking and reasoned argument about what is right and wrong; upholds and applies ethical reasoning principles and processes to all contexts, even in the face of adversity.
Strategic

Defines the ethical boundaries for the organisation and shapes the organisational culture accordingly; seeks to understand the moral implications of different courses of action and determines the right course of action in new situations; encourages a climate of moral courage by encouraging subordinates to raise legitimate concern.
Organisational

Inculcates a strong, shared ethical culture amongst the team; challenges policies and practices which are unethical and sets the record straight on issues that are perceived as unethical.
Direct

Demonstrates a sound understanding of SAF core values and standards of ethical conduct through one's own exemplary behaviour; takes a stand against unethical behaviour despite pressure from peers and superiors.
Last updated on 23 Jul 2010
 
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