Responding to challenges with innovative solutions, products or services by questioning conventional means, using intuition, experimentation and fresh perspectives.
Understands how to solve problems
- Uses common sense and knowledge to identify underlying issues and to solve problems.
- Uses appropriate problem-solving techniques.
Identifies existing solutions
- Reviews existing options, concepts and approaches, and identifies one(s) that will work in the situation at hand.
- Stands back from a problem and observes patterns and interrelationships in data to see where problems or discrepancies arise.
- Recognizes and assesses several likely causes or ways of interpreting available information.
- Recognizes when a new approach is needed to solve a problem.
- Solves complex problems through application of existing theories or explanations.
Modifies existing solutions
- Questions traditional solutions and uses unconventional methods to find solutions.
- Thinks about problems from a new perspective.
- Applies ideas from other disciplines or fields of research to solve problems.
Creates new solutions/concepts
- Thinks several steps ahead in deciding on best course of action (anticipates likely outcomes).
- Creates, assesses and applies new concepts, theories, approaches and/or solutions.
- Solves complex or inter-related problems through developing new theories, explanations or applications.
Impacts a field of science/technology
- Develops new theories and applications with revolutionizing or wide-ranging impacts.