We are currently seeing a lot of so-called ‘fake news’.
By applying Critical Thinking, we can objectively look at and evaluate information.
Critical Thinking is a skill to curb our natural tendency to make assumptions.
It also helps to prevent people from accepting new information as truth too quickly and helps people recognise and prevent fallacies in advance.
By asking multiple open-ended questions, the supervisor can determine whether the information is complete and correct, and not mostly based on the employee’s opinion.
The skill of evaluating arguments requires analysing information in objective and accurate ways.They concluded that the relationship between absorbing information and the effectiveness and efficiency could be objectively assessed.Together they developed the Watson-Glaser assessment, which further analyses critical thinking ability.Critical Thinking provides an objective way to distinguish between candidates during an assessment, even when they have the same education, motivation and skills.This reduces the chance of choosing a less suitable candidate to a minimum.Commenting on and questioning an assumption helps to find gaps in the information or the underlying logic.The assumption can also be considered from different points of view and/or stakeholders. It is important to consider your limitations, prejudices and assumptions before you listen to people or assess a situation.Most supervisors will at first probably assume that their best employee always provides reliable information.But does the supervisor have enough evidence for that and is the information provided by the employee complete?People have a tendency to jump to conclusions in order to avoid conflict.By remaining objective and testing the reliability of the information, more accurate conclusions can be achieved. People often find it difficult to evaluate conflicting information because of subconscious emotions or because people only hear what they want to hear.