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Depth Thinking Level Score Details

LEVEL 1 & LEVEL 2 (0-20%)

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You are yet to use Depth Thinking in any significant way. The good news is you have a huge potential that can be untapped.

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Question the relevance, quality and completeness of your information sources – watch out for the natural tendency to emphasise evidence that confirms assumptions and to ignore evidence which doesn’t.

When facing a complex issue aim to go beyond just using the sources of information you normally use.

Be sure to consider what questions you are looking to answer before conducting any analysis and sense check any potential gaps or biases throughout.

 

LEVEL 3 & LEVEL 4 (21-40%)

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You use Depth Thinking infrequently and not yet in any routine way. The good news is that there is a lot of opportunity to develop further.

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Embrace more varied and diverse information sources and go beyond those you are immediately familiar with.

Before conducting any analysis, be sure to know your starting questions and hypotheses to help direct your focus. Actively document ideas in a systematic way.

Be sure to question the relevance, quality and completeness of the information sources used. Be open to evidence that may contradict or challenge your assumptions.

 

LEVEL 5 & LEVEL 6 (41-60%)

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You have sufficient capability to draw on and use Depth Thinking and have some experience of applying this to your work. The foundations are there to be built on further.

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Always consider what your starting questions are before embarking on any analysis and interpretation. During analysis, push to get to the key themes which can then be taken forward.

Challenge yourself to use different types of information sources to draw from.  Be careful not to rely too heavily on any individual source if there are a range of options available.  Actively look for evidence that contradicts or challenges your key ideas and themes, as well as gaps in the information.

 

LEVEL 7 & LEVEL 8 (61-80%)

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You are already using Depth Thinking to good effect and are ready to hone your capabilities further.

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Actively push for the most relevant and diverse mix of information sources.  Review both the supporting and conflicting evidence and hold these together as contradictions can often be highly revealing and looking for conflicting information safeguards from confirmation bias.

When conducting analysis, put effort into making sure you have the right questions to answer, but do be willing to evolve and adapt these as necessary when new information comes to light.

Identify the key themes and work out how these connect together to get to the clearest patterns and overarching ideas.

Always be sure to question the quality of the information sources used and identify the gaps and biases in both the information sources and the conclusions.

Always be sure to question the quality of the information sources used and identify the gaps and biases in both the information sources and the conclusions.

 

LEVEL 9 (81-90%)

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You have superior levels of Depth Thinking and are able to draw from the brilliance of this thinking strategy readily.

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Remember that Depth Thinking is a capability that can be continuously improved through training and practice even when you are already performing well.

Consider the different ways that the starting question/s can be posed or framed as this is likely to impact on the quality and focus of the analysis.

Continue to question and push for a full diversity of information sources and encourage others around you to do the same. Consciously keep asking what’s missing and look for the contradictions in the data to really get under the skin of what’s there and what’s not.

 

LEVEL 10 (91-100%)

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You are maximising Depth Thinking and operating at the highest level. Well done!

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Encourage others to follow your lead.  Role model how you work and work with others to encourage them to go beyond the surface of an issue, to look for contradictions and gaps in information, to draw on diverse data sources and to improve how they recognise the patterns in what they are seeing.