Topic: Critical Thinking Assignment
AMBA 610 9042 The Manager in Organizations and Society (2152) Professor Thomas Youngblood
University of Maryland University College
21st April, 2015
It is a statement of fact that everyone on planet earth think but the question is how and what do people think. Good thinking is being able to think through a problem and it requires training, patience and practice which take a lot of hard work. Critical thinking can therefore be described as a process of carefully making sensible/logical decisions after carefully considering the good and bad qualities of an issue with accuracy and precision. The thinking process comprises of two main activities which one gathering or collecting data/information and drawing conclusions based on data/information collected. A good thinker can be identified by the way and manner data collected is evaluated and conclusion drawn. A critical thinker will collect information, evaluates information, draw conclusions using logic and finally evaluates logical conclusions (panning- for – gold style of thinking), while one who does not think critically will only collect information and draw conclusions without logic (the sponge approach) Browne and Keely (2013) examines the relationship between the right questions and drawing logical conclusions. They defined Critical thinking as being aware of questions that are connected and having the desire and required skill to actually ask and answer these critical questions in a suitable way. In order to arrive at a logical conclusion, this paper will apply Asking the Right questions which will give one an initial sense of the required skills to carefully analyze issues that have been highlighted in the memo initiated by Mr. Arid Ravaswami (Vice-President of Human Resources) and addressed to Ms. Cynthia Castle (CEO, CHCM) in respect of the proposal requesting Cliffside Holding Company of Massapequa (CHCM) to invest $100,000 yearly on leadership development program to prepare junior financial executives for future leadership roles in the organization. Question 1: What are the issue and the conclusion?
(a) An issue is an important topic that people are discussing and arguing about. It forms the basis for discussion. (b) A conclusion or the message that the speaker or writer wishes you to accept The memo by Mr Ravaswami, VP, HR is as a result of the proposal submitted by Ms. Forsythe, Director of operations requesting that CHCM should send 20 junior financial executives off site yearly for a Leadership development program to be offered by the Aspen Leadership Institute of Colorado at a cost of $5,000 per participant and totaling $100,000 per year which is equivalent to the same amount of lost time on the job. Mr. Ravaswami has concluded that the Company should not invest in leadership – development program for the junior financial executives. Question 2: What are the Reasons?
Reasons are explanations or rationales for why we should believe a particular conclusion. The reasons for Mr. Ravaswami’s conclusion are listed below: i. CHCM has never invested in Leadership Development program for employees since it began business 50 years ago. ii.
That the success and effectiveness of the organization over the years has proven that leaders are born and not made. iii.
He cited findings sourced from Journal of Applied Psychology and Leadership Quarterly which gave examples of leaders who possess common personality qualities. iv.
He supported his claim that all good leaders are usually tall physical in stature with a table which shows the height of former presidents of the United States. He thereafter linked this to the heights the senior Executives of the Company excluding Ms. Florence Forsythe v.
Mr. Ravaswami also insinuated that the real intention behind Ms. Forsythe’s push for training is not really clear and could mean a number of things. vi.
That once the Company agrees...
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