Wednesday, October 27, 2021


Cognition is a perception, sensation, and insight.

Cognition is one’s ability to think and make logical reasoning. When we explore the mental process of acquiring new knowledge through thoughts, experiences, and senses; the cognition involves exploring varieties of meanings or thoughts and abandoning old and establishing new relations. 

Cognitive gap is one of the serious problems because it disconnects many things which are supposed to be interconnected and causes blind spots for either defining the real problem or solving it smoothly. Business professionals need to understand the level of cognitive differences, keep learning and sharpen their thinking ability to improve cognitive competency.

Cognitive functioning:
The brain is like an organic computer that creates an energy or operating system called the mind. The mind creates programs called thoughts. People do think or rethink habitually. The actual “thinking” is a conscious or nonconscious effort to reorganize memories (meanings) and integrate newly acquired knowledge (new meanings). Cognitively, the cognitive functioning brain has abilities to call on as many neural circuits to “connect the dots” in the wider brain area for generating thoughts. There are possibly thousands of thoughts created by active minds everyday. A thought is a meaning; thoughts wrapped around with thoughts can generate fresh ideas.

People think and learn differently. Cognition reorganizes parts of one’s belief system, and thoughts navigate within one’s present belief system as it is. Technically, the more we know, the more relevant thoughts can be generated. The most important capability of the cognitive mind is the willingness and ability to seek out relevant knowledge, filter a set of information we are interested in, gain an in-depth understanding, address our ignorance and the assumptions we make to minimize it.

Cognitive agility: Each of us has a defined cognitive threshold - an upper limit to the level of complexity that we can handle at any one time or on any one topic. Each cognitive mind has a perceptual difference, the out-of-date perception is like the time glue that keeps you still while people with cognitive agility move on which creates another problem-resentment and more negative thinking and emotion. To close the gap between subjective perception and objective perception, the mind needs to be open enough to embrace other minds’ perception, always understanding things via different angles.

To improve cognitive agility, brainstorming or communicating to others raises your total cognitive threshold. Continuing learning and updating knowledge allows new pieces of information to be synthesized for generating new knowledge and fresh insight to fill blind spots, break down or challenge conventional thoughts or common belief, etc. Too often assumptions and prejudices get in the way of understanding. To close the understanding gap and improve learning agility, we have to really dig beneath the superficial layer, see around the corner and transcend the interdisciplinary knowledge to get to the heart of the matter,

Cognitive competency:
At the higher level of cognitive maturity, cognitive competency refers to growth mindset, clarified logic, and creativity. People with strong cognitive abilities keep expanding their cognitive threshold via learning and deepening understanding. The paradox is that we all have potential, but we also need to be humble, admitting our limitations. The truth is that each of us is a complex blend of contrasts - positive and negative; intuitive and logical with imperfect judgment. We can raise the total cognitive threshold by understanding ourselves deeply at the mindset level; continuous learning, and practicing a variety of thinking and reasoning.

High professionals with cognitive competency can establish links between concepts of “thinking,” “feeling,” and “willing,” strengthen cognitive ability of acquiring knowledge through thoughts, senses, learning and experiences to make effective decisions or sound judgment. The most important capability of the cognitive mind with cognitive competency can make more objective perception, integrate thoughts to address ignorance, minimize assumptions for making sound judgments, developing creativity, and reinventing new knowledge.

Cognition is a perception, sensation, and insight. Cognitive gaps disconnect many things that are supposed to be interconnected, and cognitive competency unlocks the potential of professionals and catalyzes innovation. It’s critical for professionals to keep improving their cognitive competency. Collectively, it’s important to be surrounded with people having cognitive differences, they can provide friendly feedback, complement each other’s strength for improving problem-solving effectiveness.


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