A few weeks ago I was sitting in a restaurant when I noticed a sign over the main door with a quote. For whatever reason, this quote has stuck in my head. It said, "Our most important thoughts are those which contradict our emotions" (Paul Valery). "Critical thinking is most simply put as thinking about what you are thinking about" (Paul & Elder 2006). As funny as that sounds, it's true! Weather facing everyday decisions or using critical thinking at work, we all end up having to think about our next move. This paper will discuss critical thinking, provide an example from my own personal experience in applying critical thinking to work related decision making, and to emphasize the importance and benefits of critical thinking in the decision making process.
Critical thinking is a disciplined process of analyzing facts or ideas; reflecting on the impact of the analysis and then applying knowledge in order to communicate the results of critical thinking through writing or speaking.
Critical thinking helps assure the thinker that they are utilizing the best thinking possible in any given situation. Although, using the best thinking possible does not guarantee complete success as a result of a decision. Every decision has a consequence, and they present many choices. Therefore; a critical thinker must evaluate all relevant information in order to make the best decision possible. Critical thinkers develop characteristics in order to make informed decisions.
I was recently hired as the national sales manager for a small company in North Carolina called Envicor. We are a rotational molding manufacturer that started its own sporting goods line. My job requires that I sell, hire, manage, and network. Envicor is a small company with huge demands. Having the responsibility as the only national sales manager for them, I am constantly...