Critical Thinking, the missing link?

Dr Wynand Goosen

Critical thinking is a fundamental skill that is essential for success in every aspect of life. It is the ability to analyze information, identify biases, evaluate evidence, and make informed decisions. Critical thinking allows individuals to question assumptions, challenge beliefs, and explore new ideas. It is the one skill that can empower you to understand different contexts, viewpoints, values and perspectives.  

In today's fast-paced and complex world, critical thinking is more important than ever. It enables individuals to navigate a VUCA world filled with conflicting information and to make sound decisions based on evidence and facts, whilst synthesising your gut feeling with your intellect. In the workplace, critical thinking is highly valued by employers as it allows employees to identify and solve complex problems, innovate and adapt to changing situations. It’s one of the top ten skills to survive the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or simply deal with the latest office conflict more effectively.  

Furthermore, critical thinking is also important for personal growth and development. This is like a brain gym, driving plasticity and intellectual agility. It allows individuals to think independently and make decisions based on their own beliefs and values. Critical thinking also enables individuals to appreciate diversity, leading to more open-mindedness and acceptance of others.  

In summary, critical thinking is a crucial skill that is necessary for success in every aspect of life. It allows individuals to make informed decisions, solve complex problems, and appreciate diversity.