How To Use Critical Thinking
Critical thinking is the ability to think clearly and rationally.
If you have good critical thinking skills you will be able to:
- Understand the logical connections between ideas, concepts and the way in which, for example, different areas of an organisation work together
- Identify, build and evaluate arguments and proposals
- Identify inconsistencies and spot mistakes in other people’s arguments and proposals
- Solve problems in a systematic and logical manner
- Identify and assess the relevance and importance of ideas
- Reflect upon your own beliefs and values and how they shape the way in which you interact with those around you
When you fine-tune your critical thinking you think “outside the box” and begin to challenge assumptions and find new ways of progressing in your career.
So, what are the benefits of this critical thinking approach and how can this help you?
- It helps you to raise vital questions needed to solve problems clearly and precisely.
- You can gather and assess relevant information, often using abstract ideas to interpret it so that you end up with well-reasoned conclusions and solutions that can be tested out against relevant criteria and standards.
- You will be able to thin in an open-minded way so that you identify alternative systems of thought, assessing and challenging previous long-held assumptions, implications and practical considerations.
- It will develop your communication skills and you will work collaboratively with others to solve complex problems.
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