Tuesday, January 26, 2021


Today's digital leaders or professionals must have a humble attitude to admit known unknown and unknown unknown, develop critical thinking skills, use common sense, and train rational thinking skills, to make logical reasoning skillfully.

Logic is the hidden clue of meaningful things or the multithreaded cause effect relationships of complex situations. Logic is often nonlinear and multidimensional in today’s digital dynamic, if you want to discover the essential meaning of a term, you must be prepared to go beyond thinking that confines itself to linear relationship. Here is the interlinked relationship of logic, critical thinking, or common sense.

Logic & Critical Thinking: Critical Thinking is an important tool for understanding the interwoven logic of complex problems. It is the skill for analyzing, synthesizing, evaluating, and producing coherent argumentation by examining inference. It involves the multitude of thought processes and logical reasoning via connection, discernment, penetration, and perception. Both analysis and synthesis are crucial processes of critical thinking. Analysis enables you to break down an intellectual or substantial whole into parts or components; synthesis helps to combine separate elements or components in order to form a coherent whole.

With an unprecedented level of uncertainty and complexity, digital leaders and professionals need to develop critical thinking skills for making logical reasoning and practicing multidisciplinary approaches to solve complex problems. The core skills of critical thinking include analysis of argumentation, critical thinkers can dig into the root causes of problems, and understand the problem from different perspectives by asking: What is the problem? Why? Is it the symptoms or the real issues. What seems to be the constraints? Which factors or aspects of the problem seem most critical? Where is the weakest link or the strongest constraint? Etc. Critical thinkers can leverage explicit and implicit reasoning, have the ability to frame the right problems and solve them logically.

Logic & Common Sense: Common sense implies that the very group of people has shared common beliefs that serve to understand and interpret the natural and social phenomenon. In reality, people may have abundant experiences, but they do not know how to apply logic to frame the right questions or how their experiences relate to useful outcomes. Then, they may still lack common sense. The mind with common sense is restructured, critical and predictive, not for keeping the status quo, but to make things simple, not simpler. Learning common sense requires restructuring brain tissues to first think logically, take a structured approach to solve problems and make accurate prediction of consequences. People continue to weigh evidence, analyze and take measurements to answer.

The greater the knowledge of the systems in which one lives, a correct inference to be made from the use of common sense. On one hand, use common sense to make better and faster decisions; on the other hand, have the courage to challenge it if it turns out to be just out of date conventional wisdom. The effectiveness of common sense, and thus the ability to use such knowledge in a functional way, is directly proportional to the degree of familiarity with the environment in which it operates. Using common sense effectively speeds up decision-making but using common sense inappropriately, for example, taking local common sense to solving global issues perhaps causes confusion and conflicts.

Logic & rationality: People can be rational. They know how to design with observability and controllability in mind. They know how to make rational decisions. They know how to build systems rationally. They can restructure systems rationally. There is physical or technical rationality. Being rational doesn’t mean taking linear logic only or ignoring intuition. There is emotional or psychological rationality, and there is mental or spiritual rationality. Management of any type is a complex interaction of many cognitive systems, to avoid being illogical or irrelevant, the nature of how the "implementation of the idea has to follow a logical path for the solution" may include devices such as pattern recognition. We have a predisposition to seeking patterns, or potentially in the pursuit of logic.

Even though we live in a knowledge society, we assume that we follow rational decision-making, but, in fact, our experience tells us that we observe highly technical and rational people acting on impulses/gut feelings or so-called “irrational decision-making” in the spur of moments. It is difficult to encounter a 'real world' (physical/commercial) problem whose solution does not follow any logic at all. Often, the apparent 'illogical' nature of our original perception of the problem may be masking a rationale that we just cannot comprehend. Thus, enforcing logical thinking and reasoning skills helps uncover the hidden clue and make people become professionally rational.

Today's digital leaders or professionals must have a humble attitude to admit known unknown and unknown unknown, develop critical thinking skills, use common sense, and train rational thinking skills, to make logical reasoning skillfully. keep learning to seek multidisciplinary knowledge, and have courage to challenge conventional wisdom effortlessly.


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