Do you consider yourself a critical thinker? A critical thinker is “the analysis of facts to form a judgment.” Critical thinking is essential for the workplace when topics, situations, or the subject in which you are assessing can be “complex”. (Wikipedia) We’ve compiled a list of 4 critical thinking skills to better help you in the workplace.

Observe

Critical thinkers have strong observation skills. Take time to observe the problem. Strong observers can typically detect and categorize an issue at work. If you take time to observe an issue before taking action, it can also help you assess why the problem may have occurred in the first place, which in turn can help you better solve the issue.

Analyze

Why is the problem occurring? What actions need to be taken? Gather any information and research you can find, and ask questions.  Then discuss your findings so you can determine the possible solutions for solving the problem. How will you execute?

Execute

Once you’ve observed the problem discussed solutions, take action. If you have effectively walked through the first 3 steps in critical thinking, you’re ready to execute a solution. “Not every problem will be solved easily and you may encounter additional obstacles as you attempt to solve the initial problem.” “You can overcome any drawback by taking action consistently and persistently until you reach your goal.” (-Brian Tracy)

Evaluate

Assess and evaluate the process. Did you solve the problem? Will this problem occur again? Is the plan you put into place a strong solution if the problem were to arise again? What went well? How can you do things differently? Evaluating will improve your critical thinking skills the next time a problem arises. The more you utilize them, the strong critical thinker you will become.

 

When was the last time you used your critical thinking skills at work?

 

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