Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Digital Master Tuning #91: Critical Thinking vs. Creative Thinking in Workplace

Critical thinking narrows and creative thinking expands, they must work in tandem for problem solving and decision making.

Both critical thinking and creative thinking are vital in a workplace. These skills hand in hand help drive the growth of an organization and its employees as well as enable effectiveness (doing the right things or framing the right questions) efficiency (doing things right) and agility (ability to adapt to the changes) in solving problems and making decisions.


For either to be effective, they are both important and must work in tandem. The more creative you are, the better you are at solving problems. Creativity and intuition are the key skills, but both of them depend on critical thinking itself. Creativity is stifled by business reality if you aren't using logic and critical thinking. Conversely you, your brand, and eventually your organization will become tired if you aren't creative in your vision and how you make it work. Both are vital in a workplace. These skills hand in hand help drive the growth of an organization and its employees as well as enable effectiveness, efficiency and agility in solving problems and making decisions.


At digital setting with ‘VUCA” characteristics, creativity and critical thinking shouldn't only be the ‘privilege’ of a small percentage of workers: But there are concerns that should be taken seriously. The bit about creativity and critical thinking being needed only for a small fraction of workers, and just a source of distraction for the rest, is one. This is, of course, true in any organization set up in a hierarchical structure, with fixed procedures and work rules. But that entire system is in danger of itself becoming rigid, unresponsive to changing circumstances and obsolete, in the long run. And for problems (the 'wicked' kind) where the information about its sources, cases, and possible consequences of the unexpected kind are distributed in the population of the organization and its 'customers,’ this setup cuts itself off from that vital information.


The balance trumps either as the most crucial aspect: Both critical thinking and creative thinking are essential in today's workforce seeing as to how the current economy demands new innovative ways to look at things. Creativity is the one which deals with any sort of idea necessary to solve a situation which definitely requires a critical analysis skill, so to an extent, both of them share a kind of symbiotic relationship. Both are essential in today's workforce seeing as to how the current economy demands new innovative ways to look at things. However, in the silo settings, people often have to follow overly restrict rules or algorithms in the workplace, the danger is that it reduces the scope for a critical approach and creativity. Therefore more often, people are unable or unwilling to think out of the box and freeze when they have to face a challenge that is out of the norm. It means that organizations should be designed to improve their capability to work in this way, drawing on the thinking and creative skills of everybody involved and affected.


Critical thinking evolves deep thinking process usually with creative thinking embedded; creative thinking and critical thinking are both types of “out of box” thinking to challenge conventional wisdom, and bring up the new perspective for framing and solving problems. Both are nature and nurtured. Critical thinking is essential for making decisions based on open up with diverse viewpoint, careful and comprehensive analysis and synthesis while creative thinking "creates" possibilities and encircle imaginations. In other words, critical thinking narrows and creative thinking expands. Good to have both, but rare to have in workplaces and also in high demand.

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