In my latest blog post, I’d like to go back to basics, as it were, and explore the concept of critical thinking. It’s an exciting concept that has been developing for the past 2,500 years, but the term “critical thinking” is actually rooted in the mid-late 20th century. So, what is critical thinking and how can it be used to analyse and improve your business?

What is Critical Thinking?

According to the Foundation for Critical Thinking, the concept was defined by the National Council for Excellence in Critical Thinking in 1987 as the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skilfully conceptualising, applying, analysing, synthesising, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action. Put simply, it’s all about solving problems through rational processes and evidence-based knowledge.

The Role of Critical Thinking in Business

The concept of analysing and evaluating information to guide beliefs or actions in business may seem fairly logical, but it does require patience and practice. The fact is, solving problems in this way can ultimately save time and money in all areas of business. So, what is the process of critical thinking and where do you start?

As with any scientific method, critical thinking involves a series of logical steps. The 4 steps in critical thinking are namely evaluation, assessment, categorisation, and reasoning. Evaluation requires the use of logic to understand the problem, and assessment involves the consideration of all possible outcomes before a decision is taken.  Categorisation involves putting different solutions together based on their similarity, and reasoning includes using logic to make decisions.

Critical thinking in the workplace allows employees not only to arrive at the best answer to a problem, but to a solution that most people within the business will embrace. As is often the case, critical thinking by managers and leaders helps the skill to trickle down to the remaining levels of the business. It is, therefore, a valuable skill to employ at the top.

How Can Critical Thinking Help my Business?

There are many ways in which critical thinking can have a knock-on positive effect on the success of your business. As you can see from the article above, it’s an in-depth subject, but with careful analysis and some time, critical thinking really can improve your business. Why not book a free 30-minute 1-2-1 coaching session or join me for a free group session where you’ll get a head start in everything you need to know about how critical thinking can boost your business success. Book your session online today, call 07388 019 663 or email markself@actioncoach.com.