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Critical Thinking Reflective Essay

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Critical Thinking1CRITICAL THINKING REFLECTIVE ESSAYStudent’s NameCourseInstructor’s NameInstitutionCity (State)Date
Critical Thinking2Critical Thinking Reflective EssayCritical thinking is useful for the success of organizations as it essential for effectivedecision making. In this course, MGMT20135, we have covered various issues related to thisconcept including its benefits and how to think critically, get clarity, and reach qualityconclusions. The six-week course has challenged me to use the right thinking strategies andperfect my decision making and leadership skills.In the first week, we got into groups and watched videos that address the benefits of criticalthinking. The first video gives some information that can be considered misleading, and in ourgroups, we started to discuss whether the public is often misled in the same way. Opinions weredivided so we decided to use critical thinking techniques and noted that most commercials areoften misleading. This lesson challenged me as I realized that critical thinking helped us to havea clear understanding of the problem and reach highly accurate conclusions. Besides, we had aricher variety of explanations (Nelson & Quick, 2013). Therefore, I now appreciate the need forpeople in groups, organizations, and individuals to use critical thinking as it has severaladvantagesAt the same time, I was challenged to learn that most people prefer automatic thinking tocritical thinking. In video two, it was evident that most people who seek solutions for complexand urgent problems prefer the automatic method, which appears to save much time (Nelson &Quick, 2013). I learned that the preference for automatic thinking has been responsible for manyof my failures as it offers a weaker foundation for decision making than critical thinking.In the second week, we used the ten tools for getting clarity to make a decision on thefindings of a report that mobile phones pose a great risk to public health. This exercise wasimportant to me as I got to learn practical approaches to getting clarity, which is a core
Critical Thinking3component of critical thinking. In the past, I thought thinking hard and for a longer period wouldhelp decision makers to get clear. However, I found that decision-makers have to empty theirbuckets, carry out in-depth inspection, find out reasons behind the premises, and consider theconsequences of their actions (Nelson & Quick, 2013). Further, they need to find out the need athand, use anticipatory thinking, and consider other factors that can influence the decision. Theother tools that can help them are the ingredient diagram, vision, and the thinking coach. Whenwe used these tools, our conclusion on the health matter was based on a strong premise, whichmade it possible for us to reach consensus.Additionally, I got to know the exceptional contribution of the thinking coach. I pickedthis concept as wanted to know the contribution of that ‘expert’. In most cases, I avoidedinvolving people in my decisions. I learned that the coach objectively gets people to think byasking open-ended questions (Naiditch, 2016). Apparently, we hardly think creatively unless weare challenged to do so by thinking coaches.The third week’s lesson on conclusions is also important to me as the concept determinesthe quality of the final decisions. Critical thinking depends on clarity that is vital for solvingproblems. I learned that if I need to reach the best conclusions, I must consider thecircumstances affecting the problem creatively and consider as many ideas as I can from avariety of perspectives. Besides, I should take into account my limitations and their potentialeffects on the process. This process is used for creating strong premises, which is involves bothinductive and deductive reasoning. Premises that are based on deductive thinking are alwayseasier to believe than inductive reasoning (Naiditch, 2016). The former is relies on logicalreasoning. For example, one may say after it has rained heavily that there is no dust outside.Anyone may be able to believe that conclusion based on the prevailing weather. In the case of
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