Analytical vs. critical thinking in times of uncertainty
For a leader, it is important to be explicitly aware of both types of thinking.
When to use critical thinking and when to use analytical thinking.
How to measure the impact of one and the other, both in pure business and in the spirit and growth of the people around him.
Is the quality of leaders measured by their ability to weather crises or by how they anticipate and take advantage of crises?
Analytical thinking is based on data to reach conclusions and create action plans. However, when we are talking about the future or in times of uncertainty, data is either non-existent or very changeable, so this type of thinking is not useful to us.
A leader who uses critical thinking reserves time to ask himself questions, and also stimulates it in others: he is a curious person who looks for the what, the why and the wherefore behind every idea or proposal and develops three skills that are vital for leading teams:
Accepting that their own opinions may be wrong or no longer valid.
Accepting statements as valid hypotheses even when they conflict with your own views.
Temporarily adopt an initial position of exploration to validate, or disprove the hypothesis.
What will you take away from this conference?
What skills will you refresh with this conference?
Formulate fundamental problems and questions with clarity and precision.
Gather and evaluate all types of information, even that which is totally different in order to interpret it correctly.
Reach well-reasoned conclusions and solutions, testing them against relevant criteria and standards.
Communicate effectively with others to devise solutions to complex problems.
Think with an open mind, recognizing and evaluating, as necessary, the supposed implications and practical consequences of their thoughts.