Why Focus Tools
“So few of us really think. What we do is rearrange our prejudices.”
- William James, Philosopher
Study after study puts critical thinking skills in the “must-have” category for today’s workforce. Despite this there is an increasing gap in these skills, in the current leadership pipeline within organizations and for the incoming talent pool.
What’s more, today’s workers are being harassed and distracted by forces that aim to move us away from critical thinking and sound decision making:
unrelenting social media and exposure to whatever content is being posted
unchecked facts packaged to look authentic
data manipulated to lead us to predetermined conclusions
false information masquerading as trustworthy
constant rush to judgement about virtually every topic or position
even our own biases, which are often deeply hidden in the way we think
These forces are literally rewiring the brains of much of our workforce. What's more, the amount of data available for access has exponentially increased. This urges us to adopt a "more is better" attitude when it comes to sorting through problems, making decisions, and completing the work in front of us each day.
Amidst this chaos, what's needed are critical thinking tools that can help us avoid these traps and be consistently better and more effective thinkers.
Critical thinking gives us the ability to think in an organized and rational manner to understand connections between ideas and/or facts. These skills allow us to understand and address situations based on all available facts and information. They allow us to sort and organize information to understand the true nature of issues, analyze problems, understand causes and develop effective solutions.
Our Decision Focus tools apply critical thinking principles to enable fact-based decision making, driven by logic and reasoning. Check out our Decision Focus course suite today!