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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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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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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 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.

Peter Facione PhD, advancing thinking worldwide

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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