Why is critical thinking important?
The way organisations ‘do’ business is changing, and while the world adjusts many employers are taking time to assess how they recruit staff, the skills required and how to best support their wellbeing and development. Now more than ever, organisations will be looking for employees who show strong critical thinking ability. Being able to analyse information, draw conclusions and activate plans – without supervision will be key to performance and innovation.
Research shows that there is a strong link between creativity and critical thinking, which results in greater opportunities for innovation and development.
“When critical thinking is applied to innovation, warning signs and red flags are thoroughly and carefully considered—and in fact are used to make the innovation better. Critical thinking is actually made part of the creative process.”
Critical Thinking is also an excellent predictor of performance in complex jobs. Not only can this help reduce the cost of a bad hire; once organisations understand the role of Critical Thinking, they can take steps to identify and develop that skill in their leaders and employees.
How can you develop/improve critical thinking skills?
While Critical Thinking is a cognitive ability, it is linked to behaviour; by changing and modifying this we can evolve some areas of how we evaluate information and make decisions. Essentially developing your critical thinking skills is a life-long journey!
Pearson identified the RED model which consists of the key building blocks of critical thinking.
- Recognise Assumptions
- Evaluate Arguments
- Draw Conclusions