“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” ~ Albert Einstein
Very few men in history have been able to match Albert Einstein’s critical thinking capacity. The above quote comes with a magnitude of wisdom.
Thinking is, but a natural human phenomenon. Our quality of life is majorly influenced by our thoughts. Thoughts that are accompanied by a lack of confidence, bias, prejudice leads to uncertainty and negativity while making decisions. On the other hand, a thought that’s systematic, well defined and free from bias will lead to making the right decision. This thought process organisation ‘critical thinking’.
What is Critical Thinking?
Critical thinking is defined as the analysis of facts to form a judgment. The subject is complex, and several different definitions exist, which generally include the rational, sceptical, unbiased analysis, or evaluation of factual evidence.
Critical thinking is considered as one of the major aspects of self-improvement. Clarity, accuracy, precision, depth, logic, significance and fairness are some key elements associated with critical thinking. In today’s corporate scenario, more than 80% of all the global leaders state critical thinking as the no.1 challenge in business. Unfortunately, 90% of the employees in an organisation fall short of this crucial skill.
According to the study by ASSOCHAM and Thought Arbitrage Research Institute, by 2020, it is estimated that India’s labour force would touch 160-170 million based on the rate of population growth, and higher education enrollment. Keeping the above estimate in mind, an important question arises – How many of them would be trained to be critical thinkers? Furthermore, should the concept of critical thinking, only be taught to employees or must it be nurtured at a much earlier stage; say, a subject or course in schools?
The Business Importance of Critical Thinking
For any business, critical thinking is one of the most important factors in the decision-making process. Critical thinkers bring creative solutions to the table and help companies to innovate and remain competitive. One can find Critical thinkers in almost all verticals of an organisation; from the CEO to an intern. Knowing how to think critically helps reduce time on decision-making and gives one the ability to make positive contributions to his/her organisation.
Why You Need to be a Critical Thinker
From an individual candidate’s perspective, critical thinking helps analyse and evaluate one’s thinking. It aids in generating innovative solutions. A person who possesses strong critical thinking skills is one who is open-minded to differing views. It helps an individual address political, social, economic and other workplace issues and comes up with logical, reasonable decisions. Finally, it helps enhance one’s comprehension, confidence, creativity and presentation skills.
TalentLens presents the Watson Glaser test of Critical thinking Appraisal iii
TalentLens offers a perfect critical thinking assessment solution to help evaluate and improve the art of critical thinking with the Watson Glaser test of Critical thinking Appraisal iii. It is used by many top global conglomerates across all of their functions to evaluate an individual’s thought process, opinions and assumptions from multiple perspectives.
As all the tests are online, it allows recruiters to conduct the selection process smoothly, not requiring the physical presence of the candidate.
In the profile report, a candidate will be evaluated and marked based on their ability to:
- Recognise assumptions
- Evaluate Arguments
- Draw conclusions
Supported by 70 years of research, TalentLens’ tests and assessment modules have garnered a high reputation and have been used in recruitment and development projects by more than 100 global companies that include Amazon, Airtel, Accenture, Cognizant, Uber, Deloitte among others.