Many of you know that I teach critical thinking skills at the undergraduate level. There is nothing like taking students through syllogisms, inductive and deductive reasoning.
Critical thinking skills are an attribute that every manager and leader should possess. They should be developed and fine tuned. Without even the basic skills, how can any problems ever be solved? As a manager/leader the problems that you encounter daily are more than profit based.
Problems that many business leaders are facing now are those of staff. How to motivate current staff to gain the best out of their skills, knowledge and abilities. How to handle rapidly changing work environments as the focus shifts on strategic plans. Where are the talent pools within your work force that you may have overlooked before?
Remember some of those critical thinking skills you learned in your college courses and put them to use. Break down your problems to bit size pieces and determine if the problem is really valid or invalid at this particular time. Don’t waste your time on a problem that isn’t really there. Use your inductive and deductive reasoning skills.
If you can’t remember the basic of critical thinking, it may be time to take a brush up course! When we don’t use a skill we lose it!