Definition and Behavioral Indicators of Analytical Thinking/Problem Solving

ANALYTICAL THINKING/PROBLEM SOLVING – works systematically and logically to resolve problems, identify causation and anticipate unexpected results.  Manages issues by drawing on own experience and knowledge and calls on other resources as necessary.

For example:

  • undertakes complex tasks and breaks them down into manageable parts in a systematic way
  • thinks of multiple possible causes and anticipates consequences of situations
  • thinks of possible alternatives for a situation
  • recognizes and reconciles data discrepancies
  •  identifies information needed to effectively solve problems
  • weighs the pros and cons of options and alternatives
  • systematically changes variables to determine effects on the whole, etc.