Finding Resolution Newsletter                                                   March 2016
Following are the key points from my presentation, "Do You and Your Organization Personify Critical Thinking?  If Not, Why Not?" during the inaugural Leadership Summit:  Leaders Accelerate! sponsored by Leadership Arlington in February.  Also in this newsletter is a link to the webinar Finding Resolution did with the American University Washington College of Law. More information on the webinar can be found at the end of the newsletter.

 Do You Personify Critical Thinking?

 
"Five percent of the people think;
ten percent of the people think they think;
and the other eighty-five percentwould rather die than think"
-  Thomas Edison

Ann Rosser, Owner and President of Finding Resolution Consulting, is a Certified Gallup Strengths Coach.  As a strengths coach, she helps people do what they do best every day to improve their quality of life in and outside of work.
Finding Resolution Consulting 
looks at the strengths of your employees to see if they are using them effectively in their current roles.  Studies have shown that employees who use their strengths every day on the job are six times more likely to be engaged at work, 8% more productive and 15% less likely to quit their jobs.  Interestingly, however, when most are asked what their strengths are, they don't know.

Contact Ann to find out more about how you and your team can be more productive and efficient through discovering your strengths as individuals and as a team.  
703-536-6915 or
arosser@findingresolution.net.

Ann Rosser
is a Certified Mediator (Supreme Court of Virginia); Certified coach (ICF); and Certified Gallup Strengths coach.  Finding Resolution Consulting partners with clients to bring better performance and success.

If critical thinking is so important, why is it that "uncritical" thinking is so common?
 
Because it is difficult.  We are impatient, quick to make judgments, use opinions rather than facts and make too many assumptions.
 
The framework for critical thinking is:
  1.  getting clarity on exactly what you are trying to solve;
  2.  drawing conclusions based on factual evidence; and
  3.  making decisions by taking action.
Asking questions is at the crux of the critical thinking process and asking questions can be difficult.  We don't know how to appropriately frame questions; don't want to "appear stupid"; and are afraid of answers which could cause conflict or prompt change.  Both conflict and change are out of our comfort zone.
 
Necessary for critical thinking is manual thinking - not automatic thinking.  Too often we think on "automatic pilot" letting our brain discard and distort facts based on our reactive thoughts without questioning their validity.  Our automatic thoughts can be dangerous because we usually take for granted that they are true and accurate. 
 
Also needed for critical thinking is self-awareness. Knowing what emotions, biases, and life experiences alter our consideration of the facts is important.  Self-awareness is vital to develop a conscious understanding of our most basic assumptions about people, events and information.
 
   In summary:
  • Practice the power of questions;
  • Be self-aware; and
  • Don't believe everything you think
When conviction and determination prevent us from exploring alternative options, we limit our potential to think critically.

More information on critical thinking can be found in the following two articles.
"Find the Time to Get that Job", is the time management webinar that Finding Resolution did in collaboration with the American University Washington College of Law.  The webinar includes ways to better manage your time whether looking for a job or just trying to get more accomplished in a day.  Presented in the webinar is an often overlooked and not mentioned factor preventing us from good time management --  the "pull of human nature".  The webinar can be found here.
Ann W. Rosser, Owner / President
Finding Resolution Consulting
Courage. Communication. Change
Arlington, VA
 

www.findingresolution.net

arosser@findingresolution.net

703-536-6915