The predictability of work and a permeating mindset of “well, this is the way we do things,” can discourage and stifle critical thinking. Yet critical thinking is precisely what is needed to improve processes, create efficiencies, and envision new ideas. Foster and encourage problem solving and creative thinking across all levels of your organization to improve culture, ROI, and your bottom line with free critical thinking webinars from HRDQ-U!
What is Critical Thinking?
While we all think, most of our thoughts are muddied by bias, experience, attitude, emotions, and all of the other noise that makes us human. Critical thinking is a way of cutting through that noise to think about problems and situations in a clear, rational, and objective way. It may sound simple, but critical thinking takes practiced, intentional effort. Let’s break it down:
Top Critical Thinking Tips
To master critical thinking and help others do the same, it’s important to first understand the elements of critical thought. Here are a few ways you can start to think about problems and solutions with a more critical eye:
Sometimes, we’re quick to come to a solution before we even fully understand the scope of the problem, the source of the problem, or what the problem itself actually is. Take a step back to truly understand the issue you’re trying to address.
Oftentimes, our first reaction is not objective or critical—it’s likely a gut reaction based on past experiences, judgments, and feelings. Once you’ve taken the time to address the problem, try to notice your instinctual biases. With your biases identified, you can work to put them aside so you can objectively focus on the subject at hand.
Without comprehensive, objective understanding, your biased reaction is likely to be your only idea for solving the problem. Once you’ve paused, identified the issue, and noticed your bases, you should take time to do the research. What’s the historical context of the problem? What has and hasn’t worked in the past? What other factors are at play that you need to understand? Work to get the full picture so you can come to a critical, comprehensive understanding and not merely a knee-jerk reaction.
Seek out new information, especially information that may differ from what you think you already know. The more you can bring in new perspectives, the more comprehensive your critical thinking skills will be! Maintain curiosity and set out to answer your own questions for a well-rounded, objective perspective.
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