Characteristics of Critical Thinking

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Characteristics of Critical Thinking and Decision Making

Nicole Simmons

University of Phoenix

MGT/350 – Critical Thinking: Strategies in Decision Making

Oliver Allen

November 10, 2011


Abstract
In this paper the reader will relate to how I describe my personal experience in applying critical thinking in the work-related environment and how the decision(s) made impacted the department. Second, by the end of the paper, the reader will also be able to formulate answers to a few questions. What is critical thinking? How can critical thinking be taught? What are the benefits of critical thinking? Last, the reader will be able to recognize when they are thinking critically and when they are not.  

Critical Thinking
As humans, people must think on a daily bases. However, there are different types of thinking. Most of the population use critical thinking over the other types of thinking. According to “What are the Different Types of Thinking?” (2006), critical thinking is convergent thinking. It assesses the worth and validity of something existent. It involves precise, persistent, objective analysis.

After researching critical thinking in more detail, I have concluded that a person must evaluate information about the subject at hand; think about the subject and problem in an open-minded way. Unfortunately, no one can think rationally on certain situations. As humans, people tend to listen to gossip. Critical thinking includes several complex combinations of skills. The main skills include: Rationality, Self-Awareness, Honesty, Open-mindedness, Discipline, and Judgment (“What is Critical Thinking?” (2006).

Recently, there was a situation at my place of employment, and I was the lead supervisor handling this case. The employee had placed the division in a position that made the entire department look bad. Over the few months that I have been appointed the employees supervisor, I had the opportunity to listen to several of the other employees...
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