Critical Thinking is not thinking more, longer and harder; it is about thinking better. In this post, I would like to share 3 great ways to improve your critical thinking at the workplace:
Great Way #1: Ask More Questions
Critical thinking involves questioning and challenging your assumptions. Ask more questions to find alternative answers and better solutions to workplace problems that you face at work. In challenging our assumptions, we need to ask questions to discover more and to examine further. Do not take it that these assumptions are right and entirely truthful.
It is also important for us not to take information from authority and blindly believe in them. Just because it was published in the newspapers or magazines does not mean that it is necessarily true. We need to find out more, double-check, question and investigate on the information.
Great Way #2: Surround Yourself with Smarter People
It is useful for us to be in the circles of smarter colleagues at work and to have smarter friends in our lives. Through constant interactions and intellectual debates with them, we can see work issues and life differently. That helps us to learn, get better and develop critical thinking skills for work and everyday life.
Great Way #3: Engage in Self Critique
Be critical of the work of others and that of your own. Just as we scrutinize them carefully by asking many questions, we need to adopt the same standards to ourselves as well. Taking time to reflect and engaging in self critique helps us to develop our critical thinking skills.
What do you do to improve critical thinking skills for managers and staff in your organization?
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Ken is conducting his workshop on “Critical Thinking Skills for Managers” at Furama RiverFront, Singapore on 15 Oct 2015.
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