One thing that will always be useful in business and in life is the ability to think critically. You might find that it’s even more helpful when considering decisions related to your IT infrastructure, too. Let’s go over how you can foster these skills within yourself and your employees.
In relation to business, critical thinking is the ability to gather information and data to make better, more informed decisions while solving problems more efficiently and effectively. The end goal here is to build processes and thinking patterns that allow for greater productivity while minimizing error. Think “slow down” to “speed up,” or something along those lines.
Critical thinking can also lead your business toward improving communication and collaboration. By definition, critical thinking is the open-mindedness to take objective viewpoints on important topics, meaning that your team will be more open to embracing new opportunities that could solve challenges. Let’s examine a process you might use in a business environment.
Consider the following process for solving business challenges. You’ll find that this is merely one way to apply critical thinking to a complex problem.
Step One: Single out the problem for one goal to focus on.
Once you have sussed out the problem you want to solve, you can focus all of your efforts on solving it. It’s a simple, but very important step in this process. We’re not talking about identifying symptoms; we’re talking about finding the root cause of the symptoms to address things at a systemic level.
Step Two: Generate several solutions, then consider which one is the best.
This is the fun part. You get to let your imagination run wild thinking about potential ways to address the problem at hand. This will help you remain open to the possibilities, perhaps even some that you may have never considered. Once you have a couple of winners, think about which ones are the most realistic and manageable for your team, as well as the one that will optimize your chances of success.
Step Three: Implement a strategy to put the solution into action.
After you have discovered the appropriate solution to the challenge, you can use your team’s varied skills and abilities to carry out the plan. Your strategy should be centered around the value you hope to gain from implementing the solution, and each of your employees should know the important role they play in making the result a reality.
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About the author
Sam is a network engineer with a broad range of experience spanning more than 35 years. He wrote is first piece of code in 1979 and has been involved with the industry ever since. For the last 20 years, he has worked for SCW Consulting where he has embraced his passion for network technology and security.
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