Flexible Thinking
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Flexible Thinking

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Created 7:01pm - 04 Dec 2017

Flexible Thinking

Involves the ability to effectively adapt to a variety of situations, individuals or groups. It is based on the ability to understand and appreciate different opposing perspectives on an issue, to adapt an approach as the requirements of a situation change, and to change or easily accept changes in one’s own organisational or job requirements.

Level 1

  • Proposes ways to do things differently.
  • Understands and recognises the value of other points of view and ways of doing things.
  • Displays a positive attitude in the face of ambiguity and change.

Level 2

  • Anticipates having to adapt work methods to changing technology and environments.
  • Considers problems from all new perspectives and can expand on the thinking or solutions proposed by others
  • Adapts to new ideas and initiatives relevant to own area of work.
  • Understands and promotes the organisation’s business needs and policies for introducing change.

 Level 3

  • Seeks best practices inside and outside the organisation to anticipate change.
  • Stays open-minded and encourages others to bring new perspectives.

Level 4

  • Contributes to shaping business practices and policies.
  • Shares new ideas and perspectives to adjust business strategies.
  • Encourages others to see the positive outcome of doing things differently.

 Level 5

  • Is intellectually agile in response to challenges of internal and external environments.
  • Solicits ideas and responds positively to those of staff and committees.


Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Competency Framework (2014). https://www.oecd.org/careers/competency_framework_en.pdf


  • Flexible Thinking
    • Propose ways to do things differently
    • Anticipate adaptations
    • Seek out best practices
    • Share new ideas and perspectives
    • Solicit ideas and respond positively
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