The Competitive Advantage: Critical Thinking
Years ago, when I chose philosophy for my graduate studies, I had no idea what I was getting into. Quite honestly, I took philosophy courses because I thought that they would be interesting and that somehow they would make be a better thinker. Little did I know that it would become foundational to everything I’m doing in my career right now in the creative and strategy space.
I’ve realized over the years that the ability to think clearly is one of the greatest assets to an organization or business. I’m self-aware enough to know that I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed. Nevertheless, I also know that hard work and gleaning from the wisdom of others are keys to getting me further along in my vocational pursuits.
Many of the processes and principles that drive my consulting have been founded upon critical thinking skills. Being able to identify and provide solutions to problems, in a timely manner, is a lot less difficult when you have training in this area. It’s definitely a skill you develop over time. (Yes, I’m still in process.)
Why share this?
I regularly recommend to idea-makers that critical thinking is a necessary component to living a fulfilled life. It gives you depth in perspective and a plan to implement well. I strongly recommend that you go back to reading some books on logic and critical thinking (Believe me, there’s plenty of them at your local book store.). Or better yet, take a course (or two or three) on reasoning.
Intentionally taking time to reflect upon the way we develop our thoughts will allow for more clarity and open up new ways of thinking about a problem or life situation. Critical thinking is definitely a competitive advantage.
Let’s continue to think well.