LEVEL 1 & LEVEL 2(0-20%)
You are yet to use Link Thinking in any significant way. The good news is you have a huge potential that can be untapped.
Expand where you take ideas and inspiration from. Be careful not to resist new ideas or influences that cross your path in favour of what is more familiar and within your usual frame of reference.
As a first step, consider what ideas and inspirations you can draw from your own areas of knowledge and expertise (e.g. hobbies, interest areas).
Be open to more diverse perspectives and consider alternative ideas. Try to identify people beyond your usual circle who you can work with to generate and discuss through ideas with, particularly those who have very different perspectives to you.
LEVEL 3 & LEVEL 4 (21-40%)
You use Link Thinking infrequently and not yet in any routine way. The good news is that there is a lot of opportunity to develop further.
When looking for new inspiration, stretch beyond what’s familiar and push further afield to consider different, unrelated sectors, industries or areas of life.
Look to actively combine different ideas together and apply cross-over connections and learnings. Be confident in taking ideas and inspiration from your own experiences (e.g. hobbies, interest areas) to see what ideas or principles you could apply to new situations or challenges.
Seek out a diverse range of people who you can talk through ideas with – focus particularly on people who have different ideas, perspectives and approaches to you.
LEVEL 5 & LEVEL 6 (41-60%)
You have sufficient capability to draw on and use Link Thinking and have some experience of applying this to your work. The foundations are there to be built on further.
Draw from diverse perspectives to strengthen and build your ideas. Always ask yourself what ideas and inspiration you could take from your own wider experiences (e.g. hobbies, interest areas or previous roles) and see how these could apply, even if at first they appear unrelated to your challenge in question.
Seek ideas and inspirations from beyond your usual reference points. Take on board inputs and ideas from beyond your usual circle of people – looking for a mix of different backgrounds and perspectives to your own.
Recognise when there are conflicting ideas that need to be held together to create new ways forward.
LEVEL 7 & LEVEL 8 (61-80%)
You are already using Link Thinking to good effect and are ready to hone your capabilities further.
Always consider new ideas and influences that cross your path, regardless of where they come from. Continually refresh your inspiration sources and be curious about where ideas can take you.
Push the boundary to find people with more diverse backgrounds and perspectives to collaborate with. Identify those ideas and inspirations you can use and adapt from in order to make leaps forward.
LEVEL 9 (81-90%)
You have superior levels of Link Thinking and are able to draw from the brilliance of this thinking strategy readily.
Remember that Link Thinking is a capability that can be continuously improved even when you are already performing well, as our brains are built to continually make new connections even if ideas and inspirations don’t initially seem relevant.
Continue to explore far and wide to seek new, diverse ideas and inspirations, to ensure you keep making the most of your Link Thinking in the future. Find ways to use link examples to help others see new connections and to bring ideas to life in new ways.
LEVEL 10 (91-100%)
You are maximising Link Thinking and operating at the highest level. Well done!
Encourage others to follow your lead. Role model how you work and work with others to encourage them to keep going to fresh and novel sources of inspiration to help them make new ideas and connections. Keep pushing the boundaries on where inspirations come from and make sure you continue to keep these varied and diverse.