Monday, April 30, 2012

Four Elements of Critical Thinking

My favorite Bumper Sticker Motto is "Question Authority," so it shouldn't come as any surprise that I'm a big fan of critical thinking. With this in mind, I liked Paul Schoemaker's article 4 Secrets of Critical Thinkers, where he writes:
In his book Thinking, Fast and Slow, Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman attributes shallow framing to people substituting easy questions for hard ones. We often miss the crux of the issue by drawing imaginary connections between what we see and what we expect to see. As our own book Winning Decisions explains, the essence of critical thinking is to slow down this process, learn how to reframe problems, see beyond the familiar and focus on what is unique in any important decision situation. Here are four ways to hone these critical thinking skills:
  1. Slow down
  2. Break from the pack. 
  3. Encourage disagreement. 
  4. Engage with mavericks. 
These four points are expanded in the article. I know that i'd be ecstatic if my company committed to even two of these important four points.

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