Why is critical thinking important? Critical thinking is standing back from the information given and examining it in detail from many angles. The following resources will allow you to develop your critical thinking in a way that will help you succeed in your course and career.
Critical thinking is regarded as a key competency for all staff, with particular relevance to graduates and managers. In fact, the Department of Labor identified critical thinking as the raw material that underlies fundamental workplace competencies, such as problem solving, decision making, planning, and risk management.
We spend so much time discussing what critical thinking is and how to do it that we often overlook an important conversation: what skills do good critical thinkers have?
I believe there are 6 characteristics needed to be a great critical thinker. Sure there may be more but together these are powerful. Do you have them?
On this blog we reference the RED Model of Critical Thinking quite a bit as it is the foundation for the results on the Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal assessment, as well as a simple way to effectively approach problem solving and decision making.
In addition, the RED Model is a key feature of the book Now You’re Thinking! which shares the true story of how a Marine battalion saved the life of a 2-year old girl with a congenital heart defect.
As a critical thinker, your goal is to understand situations as accurately and deeply as possible. But you are operating in a world where spin, politics and relentless self interest are everywhere. You need to look past the distortion to understand what the real situation is. And don’t be surprised if, in your search for truth, you encounter fierce adversaries.
- Be Your Devil’s Advocate
- Assign a Devil’s Advocate in meetings
- Ask Why
- Use the RED Model of Critical Thinking