The purpose of this paper is to find a decision-making model by using various resources. I will focus on identifying the steps in the decision-making model, how the model applied to a recent workplace decision and examines how critical thinking affected the decision.
Thinking is the central process of how we transfer our thoughts. Our thought process is transferred either on paper or spoken verbally, these methods assist with transferring one 's thoughts clearly. Writing helps to sharpen our thinking and enrich the mind with an understanding that was not there before (Kirby & Goodpaster, 1999). Writing one 's thoughts does not give an exact picture of one 's thoughts, but writing will produce a foundation to build upon. As quoted in the "Critical Thinking" reading material:
Writing then, can mirror the mind; focus it into a state of clarity, and present new awarenesses. Beyond these gifts, writing offers another rich gift that is a paradox: when we pour water out of a glass we are emptying the glass, but when we pour thoughts out of our mind onto paper we are filling our mind (Kirby & Goodpastor, 1999).
Critical thinking consists of evaluating the situation, filtering through choices, assessing the results and deciding whether one 's conclusions make sense. A critical thinker also has to tolerate some uncertainties and be patient to accept that all the answers do not come at once.
Everyday, people have to make judgments, classify ideas, and follow logic, and engage in reasoningto solve problems. Being able to think critically will improve one 's reasoning and problem-solving skills. The nature of logic has a great deal to do with one 's reasoning of thinking--how an individual view or draws an assumption or decision.
After researching several decision-making models, the model that closely relates to the course of action recently used in the workplace is the Seven Step Decision-Making Model. This Seven
References: Baasham, G. (2000). Critical Thinking: A Student Introduction. Chapter 1: Introduction to Critical Thinking, pp 7. East Tennessee State University-ETSU, (2006). Seven Step Decision-Making Model. Retrieved June 4, 2006 from: http://www.etsu.edu/acadvantage/acadv/decision.htm Kirby, G.R. & GoodPaster, J.R. (1999). What is Thinking? Critical Thinking, (2nd .ed.). Prentice-Hall, Inc. pp. 8.