Do our work environments allow for, or support critical thinking?  What makes up critical thinking anyway?

This is one of the many subjects we’ll tackle on the Heroes At Work Blog.  I’m starting off by looking at a trade powerhouse – Pearson Education – a group that  administers the Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Assessment. This assessment is used in employee selection and training, to name a few.

In one of their editorial blogs they posed the question, ‘what makes up critical thinking.’  And to start off the conversation,  suggested these 6 characteristics as important critical thinking qualities.

Curiosity – allowing yourself to be curious enables you to tune into and activate desire, cultivating the desire to understand how things work, learning how to access different points of view.

Humility – similar to the idea of “beginners mind,” knowing that your idea may not be the best or the only way.

Ability to Research – represents ability and initiative.

Active Listening – this writer would suggest that this is a foundation quality!

Objectivity – understand the goal, stay focused, don’t let their emotions (or others) cloud their judgement.

Creativity – brainstorming without judgment can spark amazing ideas.

Evaluate the people you believe are great critical thinkers.  Do they have these qualities?  What qualities do you think are important?