Updated: Jan 25
Improve your problem-solving skills...
Critical thinking is a way of ensuring objective and efficient problem-solving; which can help to reduce costly errors and help to make sure that your firm’s resources are utilised more effectively. Applying critical thinking can help you to connect ideas, spot errors and make better decisions. Critical thinking is a soft skill that includes:
Collecting data from multiple sources, asking the right questions and avoiding bias in order to remain objective. When approaching a specific problem, critical thinkers gather and double-check the facts, assess independent research and sift through information in order to determine what is accurate with a view to resolving the overall issue.
Problem solving ability
Critical thinkers are proactive and willing to offer suggestions based on all the information that they have to hand. They take a positive view on problem solving and look for optimal solutions to the issues that they are dealing with.
In order to be a critical thinker, it is necessary to be open-minded when it comes to considering opinions of others and / or information that may differ from your assumptions. Critical thinkers listen to colleagues and can let go of personal bias in order to recognise and embrace the best solution to a particular problem.
As ever in business, communication is key. Critical thinkers tend to have strong communication skills and are good at sharing ideas and decisions with the rest of the team. They tend to support their decisions with relevant material in order to substantiate the decision and ensure that the whole team are on the same page.
Critical thinking encourages creativity, teamwork and can save time and money for a business. If your team can think more clearly and deal with challenging situations quickly and efficiently, your firm will have a competitive advantage over other businesses in your market.