Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Monthly “Thinkingaire” Book Tuning: Practice Critical Thinking to Deal with “VUCA” Digital New Normal Oct. 2017

As humans, we can not Not think!


With the increasing speed of change in the hyperconnected digital ecosystem, some industrial mindsets with “status quo” types of thinking, authoritarian attitude, and bureaucratic decision-make, are outdated, turn to be a "dragger" of the business innovation and a laggard of the digital paradigm shift. More specifically, how to leverage critical thinking to bridge perception gaps and deal with "VUCA" digital new normal.

Practice Critical Thinking to Deal with “VUCA” Digital New Normal

Critical Thinking Gaps? Critical Thinking is the mental process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating information to reach an answer or conclusion. There are very few real critical thinkers because it is a complex type of thinking with the multitude of thought process, at the deeper level, critical thinking has creativity embedded in it. The critical Thinking technique can be taught, but Critical Thinking skills can only be developed via practicing independent thinking, insightful observation, and conscious and even superconscious reasoning. There are critical thinking gaps existing which cause leadership blind spots and poor decision making, how to identify and fill them to improve the leadership maturity and digital professionalism


Applying Critical Thinking in Three Management Disciplines: Critical thinking is to apply the objective analysis for either making judgments or decisions. More specifically, in which circumstances, does critical thinking is in demand? Does tasks or activities require problem-solving or decision making that has important or high-value outcomes? If so, then Critical Thinking should be applied. Does the task or activity require influencing of other people's thinking, behavior, or decisions? If so, then apply Critical Thinking. What is the risk associated with the situation? The greater the risks are the greater need to apply critical thinking, it really takes critical thinking to identify situations that involve risk.


Three Critical Thinking Principles to Make Sound Judgments? Critical thinking is one of the most important skills to learn for career and life. Critical thinking is more critical than ever because the business and the world become over-complex, uncertain and ambiguous. Many think there are the critical thinking deficiency and insight scarcity in today’s society. What is the root causes? Is it caused by education gap? Does critical thinking get encouraged or rewarded at school or workplace, or the opposite happens? What could be the better way to groom real critical thinkers? And how to set the principles to inspire the true critical thinking.


Critical Thinking & Critical Thinker Critical thinking is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action. In its exemplary form, it is based on universal intellectual values that transcend subject matter divisions: clarity, accuracy, precision, consistency, relevance, sound evidence, good reasons, depth, breadth, and fairness.


The Uncritical Thinking Patterns Critical thinking means “making clear, reasoned judgments. While in the process of critical thinking, your thoughts should be reasoned and well thought out or judged.” (Wikipedia). So what’re the anti-critical or uncritical thinking patterns? And how to manipulate our thinking in a more constructively critical way?


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