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Have you used your critical thinking skills today?  Progress in free societies depends on citizens who apply their critical thinking skills. Here are fifteen quotes to stimulate discussions about the importance of good thinking.

  • We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein
  • To every complex question there is a simple answer and it is wrong.  H.L. Mencken
  • A mind stretched by a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions. Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one. Malcolm S. Forbes
  • People can be extremely intelligent, have taken a critical thinking course, and know logic inside and out. Yet they may just become clever debaters, not critical thinkers, because they are unwilling to look at their own biases. Carol Wade.
  • Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. Thomas Jefferson
  • Education is nothing more, nor less, than learning to think.  Peter Facione
  • Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you; it means learning to respect and use your own brains and instincts; hence, grappling with hard work.  Adrienne Rich
  • The illiterates of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.  Alvin Toffler
  • Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. Martin Luther King, Jr
  • With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.  Eleanor Roosevelt
  • If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking. George S. Patton
  • A problem is a chance for you to do your best. Duke Ellington
  • Children must be taught how to think, not what to think. Margaret Mead
  • I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do. Leonardo da Vinci

Everyone can learn to think better. Challenge yourself to exercise your thinking skills everyday.

Check out the free sample critical thinking skills questions and sample items for measuring thinking attributes on our website. The Insight Assessment ipad app, Critical Thinking Insight, free at your app store ,  includes free sample questions and a variety of purchasable assessments for adults and children. Reports for each self test include scores on specific components of thinking as well as analysis to help you interpret your scores and identify ways to help develop strength in each area covered by the tests.

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Most innovative ideas die in the implementation process. Innovation can be a catalyst to growth. However, benefiting from innovation is a two stage project.  The easy part is identifying a new or better way to meet a need in your organization. As Thomas Edison famously said, Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspirationYou need to make sure your team has the mental disciplines and mindset to drive that new idea from concept to completion.

How can you identify and cultivate potential successful innovators? Subjective signs or signals can't tell you if a candidate has the capability to be an innovator. Insight Assessment researchers have identified 5 analytical reasoning skills and 10 personal mindset characteristics that predict innovative thinking and the drive that innovators need to take an idea through implementation.   INSIGHT Business Professional is the objective assessment tool that provides comprehensive individual reports of strengths and weaknesses in each of these 15 essential thinking skills and core mindset attributes.

It’s easy to talk about wanting to be more innovative; it can be a lot harder to build innovation in your organization. Contact Insight Assessment to discover how we can help you create a workforce and culture that fosters innovation.

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Your bottom line is impacted every day by the cumulative effect of the way your employees make decisions and solve problems. Progress and growth result from good decisions; bad decisions cause failures.  Many little bad decisions can be as catastrophic as a single poorly reasoned decision at the top level. Business success and the quality of employee thinking are inextricably linked.

The business news is filled with examples of bad decisions, short-sighted problem solving and erroneous risk assessment.  The consequences of these poor reasoning skills are far reaching—loss of money, loss of market share, loss of investor confidence and worse.

There is increasing recognition that strong thinking skills are probably one of the most essential job skills for today’s workers.  Business leaders have a responsibility for ensuring that employees have the reasoning skills and thinking mindset required to make good decisions at every level of responsibility.

Strong thinkers:

  • identify the critical factors that will affect the outcome of the decision
  • evaluate options accurately and anticipate consequences  
  • determine what information to discard and what information is needed to make good decisions
  • approach problems and decisions with a positive mindset
  • are focused, adaptable, forward thinking and committed.

Good thinking results in a competitive advantage over less skilled decision makers.

With rapidly changing technology, the speed of information and quality assurance requirements, employers don’t have the luxury of having low expectations for any employee at any level. Hiring the best people for the job is the key to success for every business or professional organization–and that means hiring people who can get the job done.

You can start you improvement plan today with INSIGHT Business Professional .

For more from our blog, Thinking Insight .

Strong reasoning skills and thinking mindset are needed for decision strength | Insight Assessment

Strong thinking skills are driven by strong mindset

Strength in reasoning means more than the possession of thinking skills. Individuals can have experience and skills but not the motivation to use them when making decisions. Mindset really matters.

For a complete assessment of an individual’s thinking, it is essential to measure both skills and mindset. 

Costly mistakes and poor judgments might be the result of deficient thinking skills, but an equally likely cause is a mindset that predisposes the decision-maker to biased, hasty or superficial analysis of the situation at hand.

  • Thinking Skills are obviously important. Strong thinkers engage problems in a focused, systematic thoughtful and sustained manner.  They are able to apply analytical and interpretive thinking, draw reasonable and logical inferences from information, evaluate and explain the quality of reasons and arguments, and are capable of monitoring and correcting individual and group thinking when needed.  Quantitative reasoning skills also play an important role in many complex decisions. Purposeful, reflective decision making concerning what to believe or what to do in any given situation is the foundation of effective reasoning and decision-making skills.
  • Mindset: Individuals with a strong thinking mindset have the consistent internal motivation to engage problems and make decisions by applying their reasoning skills. Some people fail to think well because they lack strong mental habits that encourage the use of thinking and reasoning to solve problems; they make bad decisions or avoid making any decision at all.  Strong thinking mindset is characterized by attributes such as work ethic, commitment, focus and honesty. 

Assessing and training thinking skills and mindset is the most effective way to start improving thinking quality in your organization. 

Contact Insight Assessment to see how easily you can obtain and use the cost-effective data you need to inspire new insights and drive evidence-based decision-making.

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It’s time to make a critical decision: Which thinking assessment will help you meet your objectives?

You've already decided 3 important things:

  • Good thinking is critical to your business success
  • Thinking can and should be measured to improve performance.
  • You need high quality objective and affordable metrics so you can increase retention, improve productivity and reduce errors.

As you analyze and evaluate test tools and companies, don’t accept test instruments that can’t meet these criteria:

Effective thinking and reasoning tests must:

  • Provide data which summarize a full picture of the strengths and weaknesses of test takers’ thought processes.
  • Be calibrated for the intended test takers
  • Deliver results in fast, detailed, readable and presentation ready reports
  • Include secure, encrypted online interface available 24-7
  • Be easily administered at single or multiple sites, at test centers, to groups & to individuals
  • Be user friendly. 
  • Be firmly based on research
  • Have a proven record of reliability and meet statistical requirements of validity
  • Provide the option of internal and external group norm comparison
  • Be supported by high quality client service

READ MORE about why each of these criteria is important when choosing a thinking assessment .

Be thoughtful about choosing your thinking assessments .  Choose the best. Contact Insight Assessment to preview our reports.

Our blog, Thinking INSIGHT , explores ways we can all develop and benefit from stronger thinking in the classroom and workplace.

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