Critical Thinking

Darryl Bachmeier
Jun 26, 2020

You must have come across brilliant people, people who are pretty good at virtually everything; their decisions are unarguably the best, and reasons behind everything they do is just too perfect to be human. Yes, such people still exist in our workplaces even till date, they can be seen in virtually every sector of our daily life: school, business, security, corporate world, e.t.c.

Trace back during your high school days, you must have come across that smart dude, which has the answer to almost all the questions in class. Yes. Such people still do exist. But we are not talking college here; our primary focus is the corporate world. Well, those smart kids do grow to become some “Michael Scofield” in their different niche. In most cases, these set of people are often seen as “CEO favorites”, and are likely be promoted on regular basics.

Well, the question now is, how do those set of people come about their excellent opinions? Critical thinking it is. Critical thinking can be defined as a way of considering all the available clues before reaching an acceptable conclusion, which most times are logical. The point remains that you can never make the right decision with a lone decision; you need to garner as much experience as you can.

Go ahead, study the lifestyle of those people they consider the smartest in your office, no matter how secluded their lifestyle might be, they always have time read everything and anything they can lay their hands on. And for the others who are not introverts, they always engage in intellectual conversations to know more than they already know. So when the time for decision making comes, their contributions are usually the accumulation of that knowledge they acquired.

How Can One Achieve Critical Thinking?

It is simple since you are physically nourished by the food you eat, you are going to be mentally nourished when you feed your mind with valuable information. Your ability to think critically depends on how much you know, so you wish to critically conclude, provide your mind with as many information as possible. Make friends that matter (probably the ones around your niche), hang out with them as often as you can, read every book within and outside your niche, and once awhile, embark on research, and of course, follow every trend.

While in the office, don’t be in haste to contribute your opinion, hear other people’s opinion, analyze it, compare it, then voice it out for other colleges to assess as well. You also have to note that even when you think your opinion is the best, always voice it out as an opinion, then let those at the table justify how smart it is. Lastly, critical thinking has a lot to do with facts, try your best to deal with points, which is why you need to focus more on engaging in serials of research works once awhile.

How do you know a Critical Thinker in an office When you See Them?

Critical thinkers have some somewhat similar but unusual characteristics, while in college, they might be referred to as weirdos. But, since this is a corporate world, they are they those whose the only word you hear them say is usually “good morning.” They are not really snobs; they are more of natural introverts. Theses set of people barely contribute in a board meeting, and when they do, it usually comes in the form of suggestion rather than an authoritative opinion.

Critical thinkers are annoying researchers; they ask more questions than they do answer. This is because of their analytic attitude; they weigh their options before they finally conclude. They are naturally intuitive people, always looking for factual answers; they respect other people’s opinions no matter how irrelevant their belief or perception about a particular issue is.

They barely take any information for what it is; they are always sceptical. They are very good at pointing out clues, as in figuring out puzzles; connecting every idea. Critical thinkers are free thinkers; they always have an open mind on virtually every everything and are always ready to have their beliefs challenged. And lastly, they always ready to back up their claims with evidence.

Finally, experts have defined such people as possessing “a critical spirits”, which makes them probe every thought that comes to their mind easily. According to the “The Delphi Research Method,” these set of people are extremely curious and have got the what they refer to as the “keenness of the mind, and a zealous dedication to thinking, eagerness or hunger for factual information.” Critical thinkers are always amongst us, not just at our workplaces, the more we associate with them, the better our chances of winning together.

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