Discover Your Thinking Style
Thinking styles are positive habits that contribute to better critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making.
While no one thinking style is better than another, a balance of the various types’ results in better decision-making.
A 5-10 minute online assessment measures how individuals use seven different approaches to thinking:
Analytical: clear thinking, orderly and rational
Inquisitive: curious, alert and interested in the surrounding world
Insightful: prudent, humble, reflective and strategic
Open-minded: intellectually tolerant and fair-minded
Systematic: conceptual, process-oriented and intuitive
Timely: efficient, reliable and responsive
Truth-seeking: independent, tough-minded and sceptical
Knowing your preferred style will help you approach problems and decisions with the right mindset so you can be more successful.
To Think Strategically, First Think Critically
Before there is strategic thinking, there must first be a strong foundation of critical thinking. Strategic thinking is the ability to see the total enterprise, to spot the trends and understand the competitive landscape, to see where the business needs to go and to lead it into the future. That’s the top level of the pyramid. But like all pyramids, it needs a solid base.
At the foundation is self-awareness, which arises from the ability to think critically, along with an intellectual openness. Those, in turn, provide the basic business skills – including decision-making, problem-solving, and a solid grasp of both the business and the customers it serves.
The ability to embrace change and ambiguity: The higher one rises in an organization, the more these skills are needed. And as they are developed, they build the next layer up – the ability to embrace change and ambiguity, and in so doing create something new and different. That, in essence, is strategic thinking.
But it all starts with critical thinking. And those who can’t master the basics don’t go far in an organisation.
TRY A CRITICAL THINKING TEST
The process of critical thinking involves the careful acquisition and interpretation of information, and the subsequent application of that information to reach a well-justified conclusion. In short, sound critical thinking skills will stand you in good stead for most careers.
The test available here uses some sample questions to measure your critical thinking skills. Each question takes around 5 minutes.