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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.

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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.

Measurement tools

The good news is that although human reasoning and problem solving are highly complex processes—they are not impossible to analyze, measure and improve. Many people think it’s obvious who the best thinkers are in their team, but unfortunately this impression is usually based on long term observation and hindsight.  Businesses can’t afford to make those mistakes when error and poor judgments cost money and opportunities. That’s why early assessment of thinking skills can maximize efficiency by determining a person’s capacity to benefit from training or to succeed in their job.

Insight Assessment researchers have studied how people try to understand problems and how they make decisions. Perhaps more importantly we have learned how people make bad judgments often without realizing it. 

INSIGHT Development Program is an online proven series of online thinking skills and mindset training modules that target core skills and mindset attributes that are necessary for high stakes decision-making.  Designed to be used as an independent study, INSIGHT Development Program can be incorporated into existing training programs.

Insight Assessment’s test instruments are proven tools for measuring high stakes decision making.  The core thinking competencies measured by these instruments have been validated as vital to business and civic life by key leaders in the USA. The data derived from INSIGHT instruments is valued by business and government leaders, and educators in 50 states and 60 countries in over 30 languages.

All INSIGHT assessment test items ask vital questions that are set in real world contexts and are calibrated for individuals being assessed.   Each INSIGHT assessment uses validated questions that focus on specific types of decisions being made by the individuals being tested.

Assessing thinking is the first step to improve the quality of decision-making in your organization. INSIGHT Development Program is an proven series of online thinking skills and mindset training modules that focus on improving the core skills and mindset attributes that are necessary for high stakes decision-making.  Designed to be used as an independent study, INSIGHT Development Program can be incorporated into existing training programs.

Contact us. We will show you the benefits of incorporating thinking skills assessment into your programs.

Our blog, Thinking INSIGHT is going to explore ways we can all develop and benefit from stronger thinking in the classroom and workplace.  Follow us to convert our insights to your strategy.


Whether you call it critical thinking, reasoning, acumen, brains or smarts, critical thinking skills are one of the key qualifications sought by employers worldwide. However, there is often confusion about what critical thinking means to businesses, to colleges & universities, to schools and to individuals.  So, what are the key thinking skills and mindset required for reasoning strength today?

Dr. Peter Facione provides much needed clarity in “Critical Thinking: What It Is and Why It Counts, his popular and often quoted essay. Based on the expert consensus conceptualization articulated in the 1990 APA Delphi Research Report, this essay provides an excellent overview of why teaching & training thinking skills is so important.

Exercise your thinking skills today: read this free download of  Critical Thinking: What It Is and Why It Counts” and follow our blog,  Thinking INSIGHT .  Try these sample critical thinking skills and thinking mindset attributes questions and download our free app,  Critical Thinking Insight which 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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Every day strong thinking improves countless institutions, processes, procedures, efforts and plans. Individuals, small and large groups make progress when they make a commitment to improving thinking skills and mindset.

Good thinking is the foundation of success in all endeavors.

Insight Assessment is a leader in the measurement of thinking. Our validated, proven test instruments are used throughout the world to assess the strengths and weaknesses of reasoning skills and the thinking mindset.

For more thoughts on the importance of good thinking, follow us on our blog, Thinking Insight .

At Insight Assessment we believe

  • Strong thinking is the common denominator of success throughout the world
  • True thinking strength results from a complex integration of reasoning skills and personal mindset attributes
  • Valuing, assessing and training thinking skills and mindset pays off for individuals, groups, companies, organizations and for society
  • Thinking skills can be taught
  • Thinking can be measured
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Scholars, pundits, reporters—and our mothers—tell us we should think smarter. We’re surrounded by examples of poor thinking, flawed analysis and lack of motivation.  However, every day parents, teachers, professors, trainers, mentors and individuals model good thinking and challenge others to develop core reasoning skills and habits of mind.  

For over 25 years Insight Assessment has been a leader in the global measurement of thinking. Our objective, validated, proven assessments are calibrated for a wide spectrum of professional and academic needs.

Our new blog, Thinking INSIGHT is going to explore ways we can all develop and benefit from stronger thinking in the classroom and workplace.  Follow us to convert our insights to your strategy.

No society, local or global, can sustain itself and flourish without its members learning to apply their thinking skills.

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