Barriers to critical thinking w/ Becki Saltzman

Barriers to critical thinking w/ Becki Saltzman
Barriers to critical thinking w/ Becki Saltzman

Do you really know what critical thinking is? How can you apply it to your business and what barriers to critical thinking might you come across?

Becki Saltzman is the Founder and Chief Curiosity Seeker at Applied Curiosity Lab and the host of the Good Thinking Show.

Today she is going to tell you what some of the barriers to critical thinking are and how you can overcome them.

Becki is an international speaker and best-selling author/content creator/online learning instructor (LinkedIn Learning). She has helped organizations around-the-globe and millions of leaders turn the art and science of applied curiosity and critical thinking into optimized decision-making.

In this week’s episode you’ll learn:

  • How you can avoid the most dangerous critical-thinking killers
  • How you can use a referee to know when to trust your intuition
  • Ways to develop your intellectual courage

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There is no positive correlation between your level of confidence in your intuition and the quality of your intuition as a decision making tool.

Becki Saltzman – Barriers to critical thinking

Strategic and critical thinking.

“They’re not the same. They are related? Absolutely. But when we talk about critical thinking, at Applied curiosity, we’re really talking about what the lessons revealed, and the framers we created.

So critical thinking is a tool for assessing information quality, relevance, and validity. So, it’s how you judge what to believe and what to do. Whereas strategic thinking is applying insights and opportunities to overcome barriers, solve problems and accomplish goals.

For example, if you hear the five why’s, then you should be thinking strategic thinking, root cause analysis, and cost-benefit analysis. If you are trying to make sure that the evidence you are using to do your root cause analysis comes from a reliable source, is valid, is relevant, then you are doing vertical thinking.

I call it the three legs of the Good Thinking stool, creative thinking, strategic thinking, and critical thinking. You have to understand the distinctions even though they’re related so that you make sure that your stool rests on a foundation of evidence that you can rely on.

And that really is the critical thinking around, ‘how do you interrogate evidence?’ Critical thinking. ‘What are trends over time?’ Strategic thinking.”

Barriers to critical thinking w/ Becki Saltzman
Barriers to critical thinking w/ Becki Saltzman

Judging the quality of your decisions by the outcome alone can be a trap.

Becki Saltzman – Barriers to critical thinking

A difference in curiosity.

“Most people when they think of curiosity, they think of free-range curiosity, that childlike sense of wonder, and then they lament how you have lost that childlike sense of wonder.

Free-range curiosity can be really, really fun and inspiring, but applied curiosity is using curiosity in a strategic way to ask what I call MVQs (most valuable questions). This is using curiosity in a strategic way to solve problems, overcome barriers, and accomplish goals.

So, using curiosity as a strategic thinking tool, free-range curiosity is just this childlike sense of wonder. Just opening your mind. Some people equate it to divergent thinking and convergent thinking.

It’s a loose analogy, but when you think about making those distinctions clear, you can stop lamenting the loss of that childlike sense of wonder.

Yes, it will lessen as we put more things together. But we can still come at many of these issues, such as your work issues and personal issues, by elevating curiosity ahead of criticism, judgement, fear, and complacency and using it strategically that way.”

Barriers to critical thinking – copyright Becki Saltzman

Take-aways you do not want to miss

  • What critical thinking really is
  • How to handle someone stealing your ideas
  • The importance of using the right language for your frameworks
  • Becky’s background in real estate and how she came to be where she is
  • The difference between free-range curiosity and applied curiosity
  • Rethinking the accessibility of your intellectual property
  • What barriers you might face to critical thinking
  • Why you should test your ideas and turn them into frameworks

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