Wednesday, January 26, 2022


Without critical thinking to gain true understanding, the real problems cannot be diagnosed and the complex problems cannot be solved in a structural way.

Information is growing exponentially, the business environment becomes more complex than ever, critical thinking becomes more critical than ever in this dynamic world for making sound judgment and effective decision making. 

Critical Thinking is associated with the metacognitive disciplines that steer one away from believing falsehoods, more so than steering one toward the truth. It also implies multidimensional thought processes, systematic methodology, employing and applying the criteria deemed appropriate by the thinkers involved, to improve decision maturity..

Gathering and marshaling pertinent information:
Generally speaking, people form critical opinions based on facts, discerned data, deep understanding, and clarified notions. To practice critical thinking and become insightful, you have to be selective about information you absorb, as information quality directly impacts decision effectiveness and strategy management success. Critical thinking requires one’s abilities to scrutinize circumstances, recognize problems, and find workable means for meeting those problems. It’s about gathering and marshaling pertinent information, to recognize unstated assumptions and values, comprehend and use language with accuracy to make objective judgment of people and things.

It’s important to leverage critical thinking for deepening understanding by listening to or observing; asking the right questions, and responding to what needs to be said or done. Effective decision makers are able to practice critical thinking to make their decisions rich in information and significantly different from the available data. They are open for constructive feedback. gather a mass of quality information, break it apart and reconstruct it with a level of accuracy for projecting futuristic events, or numbers, etc. Analysis of any kind of issues would be unconscionable without critical thinking being applied to some degree, in evaluation, dissection, or in an explanation of the diagnosis.

Integration of diverse thought processes: The real critical thinking far outweighs the conventional critical thinking techniques, such as reason, logic, calculation, and conscious weighing of expected outcomes, etc. Critical Thinking needs to combine different thinking processes, it is the mental process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing and evaluating information to reach an answer or conclusion.

Critical Thinking is not about overwhelming thinking chaos but about cohesive understanding and skillful reasoning, including both rational thinking (compare and contrast, define the frame of reference, etc.) and creative thinking (holding the contrasting factors in the mind until something new appears). Real critical thinking is a multidimensional and integral thought process to keep the mind flowing and understand things in profundity.

Bridge of cognitive difference:
It would be good to think critically more often than we do concern about our actions in order to avoid blind spots and mind cognitive gaps. Critical thinking is essential for making decisions based on opening up with a diverse viewpoint, careful and comprehensive analysis and synthesis, and getting input from people with a broad range of cognitive difference, perceptions, or personalities on the particular matter. It is always beneficial to communication, interpretation, and accuracy of overall results when multiple heads with cognitive difference come together, interpret and define data sources and outcomes by practicing critical thinking for making collective decisions.

The opposite of critical thinking includes such as reflexive thinking, autonomic response, emotional thinking, or blindly following, etc. One’s beliefs or thoughts are developed from what they see, hear and experience. Some beliefs are developed from the misinterpretation of what they see, hear and experience. People’s perceptions are different when they see or experience the same things. Unfortunately, some knowledge is outdated, some perceptions are outdated, the learned beliefs could be outdated as well, forming one’s biases or blind people from seeing the other side of the coin. Critical thinkers grow a larger perspective, they can see or understand the situation from different angles, get input from a broad range of personalities and cognitive difference of people on a particular matter, in order to shape more objective viewpoints and make sound judgments

We shift the world from black & white to embrace the full color spectrum. Without critical thinking to gain true understanding, the real problems cannot be diagnosed and the complex problems cannot be solved in a structural way. Thus, it is the responsibility of each individual to examine themselves and to make sure they are open to true understanding, keep learning, broaden the lens and increase perspective by practicing critical thinking, see the value of inclusiveness and appreciate the power of collective insight, in order to define the right problems and solve them effectively.


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