Critical Thinking Application
MGT 350/Critical Thinking: Strategies in Decision Making
May 24, 2010
Critical Thinking Application
"Critical thinking is that mode of thinking - about any subject, content, or problem - in which the thinker improves the quality of his or her thinking by skillfully taking charge of the structures inherent in thinking and imposing intellectual standards upon them" (Paul & Elder, 2006, p. xxiii). Every organization uses critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making in various capacity in their everyday business operations. These methodologies are used to solve simple to complex problems. This text will illustrate ...view middle of the document...
Conscious thinking encourages contemplation, which allows critical thinkers to expand. Reflecting over resolutions is part of the critical thought process, which fosters improvements.
Whenever a person makes an aware, deliberate change, he or she is implementing critical thinking. A critical thinker approaches problems and complicated situations attentive of his or her thoughts, beliefs, and viewpoints. Then he or she can guide those thoughts, beliefs, and viewpoints to be more balanced and precise. A critical thinker is eager to explore, question, and seek out answers and solutions.
The ability to assess a situation, encapsulate the problem, use a plan of action toward resolution, execute the plan of action, monitor the results, and validate the solution is a must. To skilled employees in the workforce, the progression of critical thinking becomes second nature, the employee mechanically engages in the process of logic thought without even being completely aware of the intricacy of the process (Spindler, 2008).
Take, for example, my situation with an employee named Ann. Ann was an aide with our Home Health Services Company. Ann, who absolutely differs from me in terms of work ethic and values, seems to be what I would categorize as difficult, incompetent, or perhaps just simply lazy. Over time, Ann became less productive than the other aides, when in the past, she was somewhat efficient. If I would have allowed my categorical labels to persuade my decision regarding the situation, I may have decided to reprimand, or move to more formal disciplinary processes. If I perceived Ann as lazy, I would have been more likely to attribute her poor performance as normal, or characteristic of her. This situation would be a worthy case of non-critical thinking, because I did not consider my own thought process to settle on whether my core assumptions were exact or sufficient. The result could be that my choice of action would have been incorrect, and that other, more uncomplicated measures may have resolved the situation.
A critical thinking approach to the issue might produce much different, more practical procedures. To think more critically, I was willing to ascertain and survey my own emotional perception on issues, and any biases that I might have. By simply increasing my own awareness of these factors with respect to particular problems it helped me evade ineffective decisions, while at the same time, helping me learn more about myself.
Humans have the tendency to cultivate ‘weak sense’ thinking, based exclusively on traditionalism, self-centeredness,...