Tom Chatfield’s Seven Key Insights for Building Critical Thinking

What does critical thinking mean in the business context? Above all, it means not taking things for granted. To think critically is to pause, and to think twice. It’s to re-examine underlying assumptions; to make reasoned arguments for what you think is going on; and to be prepared to change your mind in the light of new knowledge. Perhaps above all, in today’s climate of reliance upon and disruption by technology, it’s about becoming a critically engaged user of information systems—and a collaborator and communicator who understands both the potentials and the vulnerabilities of human intelligence in a machine age.

In my recent webinar for CrossKnowledge, we discussed some of the themes of the critical thinking program I developed with them—as well as the questions that were on attendees’ minds. This post captures some of the themes from our discussion—and addresses some questions we didn’t have time to cover—in the form of seven key insights for building critical thinking into your life and business.

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