10 Ways to Improve Your Critical Thinking

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 05-23-2014 Email

CIOs are generally considered bright people. But are they critical thinkers? Not necessarily. Yet, the latter defines a major difference between CIOs who spend all of their time putting out various fires in the workplace and those who emerge as top contributors to organizational strategies. In the new book, Think Smarter: Critical Thinking to Improve Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Skills (Wiley), author Michael Kallet provides a comprehensive guide to help you train your brain to do more for you. He does so with a wide assortment of real-world examples, takeaways and practice exercises. All of this amounts to far more than an intriguing but relatively impractical use of your time as there are many day-to-day situations which merit critical thinking, such as when help desk calls rapidly increase but no one can figure out why. Or when two of your business-intelligence analysts reach different conclusions from the same set of data. Or when a root-cause assessment of a tech issue comes up with an unexpected result. Kallet is cofounder of HeadScratchers, a consultancy which trains business professionals and leaders in critical thinking, problem solving, decision-making and creativity. For more about the book, click here.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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