There is no doubt that critical thinking is a prominent buzz word in Human Resources, Selection, Higher Education, Training, and Development. In just the past month, I’ve bookmarked over 75 websites and blogs that have discussed the importance of critical thinking. Here are a few of my favorite recent articles, videos, and blog posts on the topic of critical thinking:
- Marisa Taylor wrote in the Wall Street Journal that Businesses and Schools are Focusing on Critical Thinking- Problem solving, critical thinking, and independent thinking are cited as the most necessary skills for college graduates.
- Can playing Dungeons and Dragons or chess improve your critical thinking skills? This study says yes!
- As Lizzie Pauker recently noted, all jobs require critical thinking, but one area industry taking special notice of the need for critical thinking is the nursing profession.
- In Is the Web Helping or Hurting Millenials’ Critical Thinking? Joe McKendrick discusses the generational differences in problem solving and over-reliance on search engine results.
- Former HP CEO Mark Hurd is given as an example of how the Paradox of Power can impact a CEO’s critical thinking.
- Priscilla Tovey covers 4 ways to invest in your employee’s critical thinking skills in this short article.
- Join in on the discussion: Which is more important- Critical Thinking or Creative Thinking? The OD Network group on LinkedIn has some great arguments for both sides.
- This interesting article discusses how therapy could focus on critical thinking skills to address depression and general negative or illogical thought.
- This short video discusses the importance of critical thinking for maintaining a competitive workforce.
- If you like a good brain teaser, this one could stump you. Just be sure not to cheat by scrolling down to the comment section for the solution first.
- The Importance of Good Hiring by Kelly Hearn- in this interview, Mr. Hearn asks Dr. Brad Lebo about the importance of using assessments to make the best possible choice in employee selection. Dr. Lebo suggests using the Watson-Glaser™ II Critical Thinking Appraisal to assess critical thinking.
- Research shows that critical thinking skills correlate at .33 with overall job success.
What recent articles have you found on the topic of critical thinking?
Editor’s Note: Breanne Harris is the Solutions Architect for Pearson TalentLens. She works with customers to design selection and development plans that incorporate critical thinking assessments and training. She has a Master’s degree in Organizational Psychology and has experience in recruiting, training, and HR consulting. She is the chief blogger for Critical Thinkers and occasionally posts at ThinkWatson. Connect with her on LinkedIn and Twitter for more of her thoughts.