Sunday, July 11, 2021

Judgmental Intelligence

Courage and mental toughness helps us break through conventional wisdom; persistence and determination allows us to practice real critical thinking. ..

Either consciously or unconsciously, we make judgments everyday based on our personal perception - an interpretation of our own conditioning, cognitions, surroundings, experiences, information. So many times we cannot believe why we misjudged others, misinterpreted or misunderstood situations, or mishandled seemingly easy problems continually.

 People need to ask why and dig into the root causes. What’re the thought processes and technique skills that can help us improve judgmental intelligence, and improve our professional maturity.

Critical thinking: When we judge something we form a critical opinion of it based on facts, discerned data, and preconceived notions. The essence of critical thinking is to analyze, look beyond the surface, not accepting things at face value but asking questions and being active in your thought processes. In reality, there are all sorts of misjudgment symptoms such as stereotypical thinking or preconceived ideas about how things should happen, misleading information, seeing the trees but missing the forest, etc. Critical thinking enables us to slow down the analysis and decision-making processes sufficiently to acquire all the necessary information to improve decision effectiveness and maturity.

-Asks different questions

-Constantly checks assumptions.

-Kindly asks questions to draw out other's assumptions.

-Bears opposites

-Synthesizes massive amounts of disparate information to make sound judgment.

Humble attitude: Sometimes ego clouds our eyes and emotional imbalance leads us to ignore crucial elements in judgmental intelligence. Collectively, homogeneity brings unconscious bias and creates blind spots. Thus, it’s always crucial to scrutinize the situation by understanding two sides of the coin and having appreciative eyes for the diverse viewpoint. When you stand at the right angle to see both sides, you know even they are different, but both hold part of the truth in it. To have this happen reliably requires a bidirectional and reciprocal cycle of questions and answers, learn-share-decide-act-relearn...In practice, you need to listen, accept, and act on the blind spot, whatever it is and get a reflection from "mirrors" that you appreciate the huge favor and gift they have provided us. If you feel like you have lost the virtues of trust and respect, go now and be humble yourself, and be ready to deal with another blind spot opportunity….

Unconventional wisdom:
Oftentimes, conventional wisdom is bound by its beliefs and general practices which perhaps do not fit any more. Some rational or accumulative wisdom that grows with age, or “learning from past experience” are already lagging behind. It becomes a part of the cause of misjudgment and stagnation. Thus, do not follow others blindly; be an independent thinker without being excessively critical, develop creativity with frame, analyze and synthesize all sources of input and information to form our own opinion and generate fresh knowledge or concept. Either conventional or unconventional, the true wisdom leads to putting more thoughts into things and searching for flaws in judgment and that widens the possibility of seeing things differently and coming up with alternative solutions.

Change is the norm and we confront a number of highly complex problems, sophisticated people, or perplexed circumstances. Judgmental intelligence cannot be built overnight. Courage and mental toughness helps us break through conventional wisdom; persistence and determination allows us to practice real critical thinking, ask the right questions, build a variety of knowledge and expertise to improve discernment skills and professional maturity.


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