Essay on Critical Thinking and Business Decisions

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Critical Thinking and Business Decisions

Our basic concept of critical thinking is, at root, simple. We could define it as the art of taking charge of your own mind. Its value is also at root simple: "if we can take charge of our own minds, we can take charge of our lives; we can improve them, bringing them under our "self-command" and direction (McCall and Kaplan, 1990)." Of course, this requires that we learn self-discipline and the art of self-examination. This involves becoming interested in how our minds work, how we can monitor, fine tune, and modify their operations for the better. It involves getting into the habit of reflectively examining our impulsive and accustomed ways of thinking and acting in every dimension of our lives
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For instance, at my place of employment, a problem arose that entailed disappearing inventory. Instead of looking for a "creative" solution, management used an unsound form of logical thinking. They insisted on implementing control measures that became very tedious in nature for all persons involved. Ultimately, a more creative measure was instituted which allowed for "individual accountability" of persons involved rather than immediate accusations of a department as a whole. Many weeks of low employee morale, resulting in poor productivity could have been avoided by "brainstorming" creative measures rather then instituting what seemed like a logical and scientific measure. I can only speculate as to what "force of influ!

ence" had an impact on the decision that was made. However, my opinion is that the Directors own "business culture" in a different industry, could have been to blame.
In short, the Directors "perception" of the problem in the above example was not "reality". The disappearing inventory was not the fault of procedural department documentation. In looking for a logical explanation and applying a logical solution, he overlooked a more simple and rational resolution to the true "reality" that existed. This reality was that individuals were not being held "accountable" for their actions or mistakes.

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