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Navigating the Resources

  1. Read the information below about the trait to develop a greater understanding of your strength/opportunity.
  2. Consider the Stop, Start, Continue examples to create your own actionable change behaviors.
  3. Explore the trait more fully by taking advantage of the weblinks below.

Abstract Thinking

Abstract reasoning measures the extent to which you excel in the type of perception and high-level clear thinking necessary to extract meaning out of confusion and ambiguity. Use the resources to help develop a greater understanding of Abstract Reasoning and how to improve in this area.


Higher levels of abstract reasoning will allow you to make connections out of uncertainty that others may miss.


 Lower levels of abstract reasoning may indicate that you need to increase both the amount of time you spend on evaluating information and the depth of your analysis across various situations. 

Identify an opportunity area that you would like to change. Then, develop behaviors that you can Stop (unhelpful or limiting behaviors), Start (behaviors that you can begin now), and Continue (behaviors that you already do well) to improve in this area. Use the examples below to help create your own Stop, Start, and Continue behaviors. 

Stop Start Continue
Looking at situations concretely or simply perceiving things at face value. Considering subtle nuances and complexities prior to making decisions. Experimenting with new ways of solving problems.
Overlooking opportunities where you are challenged to think about something in a deeper way. Learning new subjects that can help you draw meaningful connections. Interacting with others to broaden your perspective.
Ignoring others who excel at working through ambiguous situations and confusing issues. Using successful others to guide you through complex, ambiguous situations. Thinking and planning in the long-term.