What is Critical Thinking?
Why do you do what you do?
This is what Critical Thinking is all about!
The reason is the dynamo and the energy that will determine the success or failure of any endeavor!
That means that if your reason is powerful enough it will make your action extremely effective.
Here is an example that will make it very clear:
You want to make money to buy an expensive car like your neighbor or you need to make money to save your family from being evicted? what do you think would be the level of energy that you would have in each of those circumstances?
You know the answer.
Well, it is the same action, making money, but the motive is different, and that is the essence of Critical Thinking.
This is where it gets tricky because there is always a better reason to do something. However what makes a reason more powerful is that it:
1. Takes into account the true facts
2. Evaluates short and long term consequences
3. Is not selfish
4. Has care and consideration for all parties concerned
5. Is connected to a genuine need rather than just a wish
6. Locates the will power to do it and that you have strategic projection to overcome the obstacles on the way
7. Connects to a purpose bigger than just yourself.
Take for example the story of the mother who had to save her son from underneath a car, and alone was able to lift over 2000 pounds of metal!!! She could never do it if she was lifting weights to improve her arm muscles...
This may be an extreme example but it makes the point and it checks out exactly against all above 7 parameters of critical thinking.
However it works in exactly the same way at corporate level.
If you and your team need to come to a decision you had better make sure you engage your critical thinking process before making any decision. It very often makes the difference between success and failure....and mind you, very often what seems to be a short term success is a long term failure.
Your reason and motive must be sound to have the power and energy to carry you to success.
The key is that the reason and motive need to be expressed in quality of work that matches their level. Much more could be written about that to elucidate the point.
My advise...try to always engage critical thinking in a think-tank, group dynamic so that many minds are engaged together and thereby minimize the margin of error of falling into unnecessary traps, which I might add, are everywhere, especially in Changing times where the main trap is to consider yesterday as the criterion of our decisions for tomorrow.
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