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When we think about critical thinking and clinical decision making, most of us immediately focus on the skills.  Health care professionals must have strong reasoning skills; but they need more.  To be effective patient after patient on a day-to-day basis, health care providers need to have the consistent internal motivation to apply those skills. Otherwise there are going to be mistakes that can lead to dire outcomes. 

Strong thinking mindset impacts a patient’s health care outcomes

In the challenging/busy care delivery environment, we don’t spend time celebrating the preponderance of strong decision-making that occurs daily in our health care institutions. Most health professionals have positive if not strongly positive thinking attributes in general.  For example:

  • They are systematic.  Health care professionals take an organized and focused approach to patient care, to making an accurate diagnosis, and to developing what they anticipate will be an effective treatment plan.
  •  It’s rare to see a health care practitioner who is not open-minded about the lifestyles of their clients. 
  •  Health care professionals often show strength in truth-seeking which leads them to endeavor to make accurate diagnoses. This means they strive to follow the clinical evidence available to them where ever it may lead. 
  • They trust in the power of reason to lead to good decisions, rather than abandoning reason in favor of emotionality, social status, or blind allegiance to authority. 
  • One key habit of mind is to tirelessly strive to get the problem right before starting to treat it. 
  • Health care providers who have strong critical thinking engage with honesty and integrity in the process of reviewing their clinical decisions with colleagues. This is the time when they sit down together and go over the patient’s case to evaluate what went right and what might have gone wrong, and how they can do better next time.

Strengths or weaknesses in critical thinking skills and mindset impact patient morbidity and mortality.

Even one weak thinker can do a lot of damage and strain a team. In health care, where time is of the essence, there are always plenty of problems. The diagnostic challenge is to figure out what problem needs to be managed today for the client to be optimally healthy. This is true for clinicians in all fields.  And it is challenging when, as is often the case, a client has more than one problem that needs attention.

Lots of things can go wrong.

  • A clinician might address only an easily managed problem. Or a clinician might stick with a plan of care when the evidence shows that it is not working.  
  • Then there is the inability to analyze difficult clinical problems, or to identify and implement an effective treatment plan. These kinds of mistakes signal weak thinking skill.

Building the motivation to use critical thinking skills

Health science institutions understand that strong decision-making in patient care doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Building critical thinking and clinical reasoning is embedded in the preparation of health science students.  Hiring and training programs in the health care field prioritize strong thinking skills and mindset from initial hiring through ongoing professional development improvement programs.

Assessing skills and mindset provides clinical educators with the objective and detailed information they need to address strengths and weaknesses.   The goal is to build strong critical thinking in their clinicians and in their decision teams

Tools for Quality Improvement

Insight Assessment is a pioneer in the assessment of the critical thinking mindset. We offer the leading instruments for the assessment of critical thinking in the health care field.  Educational programs rely on our assessment results for admissions, to predict licensure, provide appropriate comparison group norms and to support program and curriculum validation.   Our instruments have been integrated into long term studies of the improvement of strong skills and attributes in students and professionals in many health specializations .

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Insight Assessment health science test instruments are used throughout the world to assess the critical thinking mindset and skills of practitioners and students:

Development

Health care organizations interested in tools to assess and to enhance critical thinking in current employees and applicants will want to consider the Insight Development Program . This online program integrates effective self-instructional professional development training modules with a valid individualized assessment of thinking mindset attributes and reasoning skills.

Contact us today to discuss how Insight Assessment tools are helping health science institutions build stronger critical thinking skills and mindset attributes needed to maximize patient outcomes.

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We want to believe otherwise, but every new hire and employee is a security risk.

From simple misunderstanding and carelessness, to serious embezzlement and malfeasance, the costs of dishonesty mount quickly. Success requires extreme employee trust.

Objective assessment of the risks and potential of your work force makes good business sense.

You don’t have to wait for the next incident to impact your company bottom line and reputation. You need to be able to trust your employees. Verify your values using INSIGHT assessments to objectively measure Honesty and nine other mindset attributes that characterize good employees. All INSIGHT assessments provide detailed individual reports analyzing strengths and weaknesses on key mindset attributes as well as essential cognitive skills. 

Trustworthy individuals conduct themselves with integrity, honesty, ethics and truthfulness.

Honest workers demonstrate respect for property and rules. Honest communication is key to building a culture of trust.  Measuring honesty pays off for our clients:

  • Retailers reduce loss and liability by prescreening employees using INSIGHT Business Staff .
  • Hiring agencies prescreen the honesty and work ethic of candidates who will be working in unsupervised situations, especially where employees cannot be easily monitored.
  • Executive search firms use INSIGHT Executive to assess the integrity of high stakes decision makers who must model the highest standards.
  • Security firms reduce the risk candidates will not perform according to rules of conduct both on and off the job by including INSIGHT assessments as part of security clearances.
  • Home health care agencies gain the trust of customers by prioritizing the work ethic and dependability of their workers using INSIGHT Health Staff .
  • Financial firms depend on INSIGHT Business Professional to identify candidates who are trustworthy when handling money.
  • Trainers use group data to design effective professional development programs targeting areas needing improvement.
  • Human Resources departments integrate INSIGHT Development Program into their programs because it offers a suite of proven  online training modules focused on improving thinking skills and the personal attributes (like honesty and integrity) that support strength in decision-making.

Our customers rely on INSIGHT metrics for honesty. Now you can set standards for employees who must dependably base their decisions and actions on core values such as honesty, trustworthiness, commitment to company mission and respect.

Contact us. INSIGHT offers specialized instruments for our clients in business, healthcare, education, law and government. Each of our tools are available in multiple levels to target the skills required to be successful at specific levels of accountability. 

You need to be able to trust your employees. Gain a competitive edge by using our measurement tools.

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Are you looking for staff who can think, not just follow instructions?

Every business needs people who get things done without requiring intense supervision.  Your business success is powered by staff who efficiently interact with clients, representing your policies, procedures and company goals.   INSIGHT Business Staff will help you discover the people who have the work ethic and workplace problem solving skills needed for customer satisfaction and project success.

10 Business work ethic attributes characterize effective and dependable staff:

  1. Desire to Think: sees the value of thinking things through before making decisions and when resolving customer and workplace problems
  2. Job Commitment: is loyally oriented to the job, company goals and mission
  3. Honesty: respects other people's property, follows rules, keeps promises, and speaks truthfully   
  4. Workplace Safety: values workplace safety rules and precautions for personal and co-worker safety, avoiding unnecessary risks
  5. Professionalism: takes an appropriate approach to social interactions at work; maintains focus on work responsibilities
  6. Desire to Work: eagerly engages and  focuses energy on accomplishing tasks; takes pride in work
  7. Workplace Tolerance: respects diversity in the workplace, including showing due respect for different perspectives, opinions and suggestions  
  8. Workplace Flexibility: is resilient, able to welcome and adapt to changing workplace situations and the application of new or different skills
  9. Desire to Learn: is eager to learn new processes, new systems and new procedures in light of changing work responsibilities
  10. Dependability: has a strong work ethic, being motivated to complete assigned tasks well, taking pride in the accomplishment of work assignments

INSIGHT Business Staff objectively assesses and reports an individual’s strengths and weaknesses on these 10 mindset attributes plus 5 core thinking skills . Everyday scenarios challenge staff to anticipate the needs of clients, interpret and understand numerical information and contribute to team problem solving.   Comprehensive reports provide valuable insights for making individual hiring and promotion decisions, identifying areas for improvement, targeting training and building strong, productive teams.

Make sure you can rely on your people to get things done well.   Contact us today.

Honesty is

The primary cause of employee failure is a lack of personal integrity. Some individuals make a deliberate decision to take advantage of an opportunity, to do—and take—what they want.  They consciously evaluate the risks, anticipate the gains and then prioritize their self-interest over the consequences to others.  Their compromised ethical standards leave clients, customers, managers and entire companies bearing the cost in lost trust, lost revenues, tarnished reputations and lost company credibility. Other employees act without thinking decisions through, resulting in errors. Insight Assessment clients use INSIGHT Business Professional to identify risks of deliberate misconduct as well as the risks of poor decision making skills.

INSIGHT Business Professional  objectively and reliably measures 10 professional mindsets including honesty, integrity, commitment, professionalism and motivation. Comprehensive individual reports document strengths and weaknesses in the essential cognitive thinking skills and mindset attributes that are the basis of good decision making.

Warren Buffet, CEO, Berkshire Hathaway, provided excellent advice:  "In looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if they don't have the first, the other two will kill you." 

Contact us. You need to be able to trust your employees. INSIGHT delivers the data you need to hire strong thinkers who can demonstrate integrity and a drive for success.

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Strategic leadership requires a complex integration of skills and mindsets.  In addition to having strong decision making skills, effective leaders are driven to accomplish goals and have the ability to energize the entire organization.

Ten core leadership attributes characterize successful leaders. Every day, decision-makers need to be:

  • Driven:  committed to the vigorous pursuit of professional excellence, with a consuming internal demand to achieve the vision of the organization.
  • Discerning: displays courage and objectivity in decision making; when making difficult decisions, they tend to ask the tough questions, to follow reasons and evidence wherever they lead, and to give due consideration to competing points of view.
  • Innovative:  has an appetite for innovation, sees change as an opportunity for growth, is a resilient agent of change in fast paced or fluid environments.
  • Foresightful: alert to potential difficulties, always striving to foresee consequences, ready to use reasoning and fact finding to resolve difficulties and foreseeable problems.
  • Judicious: displays maturity and thoughtfulness in decision making, recognizing that some problems are ill-structured, that often there is more than one reasonable option, and that poor decisions should be dispassionately revisited.
  • Incisive: capable of making those strategic decisions that are tough but necessary to achieve the organization’s mission.
  • Tolerant: respects diversity in the workplace, including showing due respect for different perspectives, opinions, and suggestions.
  • Honorable: conducts themselves with integrity, honesty, ethics and truthfulness in communication and behavior.
  • Motivational:  capable of inspiring an entire organization, moving it forward with enthusiasm and energy, motivating others to give their best.
  • Professional: limits socializing to that which is necessary to get the job done and to take an appropriate and professional approach to social interactions at work. Professionalism is vital to maintaining a proper focus on work responsibilities, facilitating collaboration, and providing positive leadership.

INSIGHT Executive  objectively assesses and reports on each of these 10 essential mindsets plus 5 core leadership thinking skills

The metrics reported on INSIGHT Executive have been rigorously calibrated to identify how decisions were made and measure the application of reasoning skills. Comprehensive individual reports document strengths and weaknesses in essential executive mindset attributes and cognitive skills required for high stakes decision making.   INSIGHT offers global assessment capability with tools calibrated to match your employee group.

Why wait? Success depends on strong decision makers who are committed to asking the hard questions and making the tough calls. Contact us to identify leaders who are ready to move your company forward.  

Now is the time for change

Whether your organization is thriving, just getting by or faltering, you are in a transition.  The success stories of the future will be from those whose transition was critically thought through. If your transition will be politically motivated, you don’t need us.  If you want to be the hit of the financial news, we can help you make sure your transition team includes the best thinkers available.

Effective leaders in times of transition are strategists who have the strong decision making skills needed to navigate risks, identify opportunities, ask tough questions and establish priorities while setting clear direction. To make change happen, innovative leaders must be resilient, driven to achieve the vision, able to inspire the team, and committed to highest standards of excellence. INSIGHT Executive delivers objective metrics on 15 key skills and mindset attributes that define winning leaders’ decision making.

Transition strategies succeed or fail in the implementation and follow up processes. The highly skilled professionals responsible for achieving your company goals will require strong problem analysis skills, the ability to evaluate critical data and to identify the possible consequences of complex decisions. Strength in determining solutions with the strongest likelihood of success requires a strong commitment to company goals, the mindset to focus on working through problems, an appetite for innovation and the ability to communicate enthusiasm to others.  INSIGHT Professional Business objectively measures 15 core cognitive skills and characteristics that drive managers to excel.

When you make a commitment to promote change throughout your organization, make sure that your transition team has the necessary strong decision making skills and the drive to make change happen. Insight Assessment reports and analytics   deliver the metrics you need to position effective decision makers where they will achieve your goals.

It’s never too late to benefit from prioritizing strong thinking. Contact us to preview how easy it is to use INSIGHT tools to drive your strategic plans forward.

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Are you a good thinker?

Thinking skills are essential life skills. Now you can measure your thinking skills and mindset using the Critical Thinking Insight app , downloadable from your app store. These authentic reasoning skills tests and mindset evaluation tools are based on the employment and educational tests Insight Assessment provides to businesses, health care agencies, colleges and high schools around the world. This is the first time these kinds of quality instruments are available for your personal use.

Are you looking for a good self-test of your thinking skills? Find out if you the skills and mindset to make good decisions.

Get started today with the free sample reasoning skills questions and free sample reasoning mindset items. Then measure your thinking with the in-app purchasable personal assessment options including more detailed and challenging thinking skills tests and mindset measures including My Thinking Skills – Adult Level , My Thinking Mindset – Adult Level , My Leadership Potential – Adult Level , My Learning Mind – Ages 11-17 and My Learning Mind – Ages 5-10 .  Purchases of personal assessments include a numerical score, a qualitative rating and an analysis of your scores on key elements of good thinking. Specific suggestions for improvement help you interpret your scores and grow even stronger in each area covered by the personal assessment.

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What are employers looking for when hiring?  They want candidates who have the ability to apply gained knowledge in a wide variety of real world settings.  Critical thinking skills like the ability to analyze and solve complex problems, to evaluate information from multiple sources, to work with numbers and to work effective with people of different views are cited as essential for career success.  In the recent Hart Research Associates survey, Falling Short? College Learning and Career Success, 400 employers wanted candidates to have more than field specific knowledge; they seek new hires who can demonstrate proficiency in skills like critical thinking and the ability to apply a broad range of knowledge.

This won’t surprise many businesses. Hiring managers see the impact of new employees with strong thinking skills and motivated mindset. Candidates who can demonstrate strength in analytical thinking and problem solving skills are consistently more productive. It’s equally important that new hires have the consistent internal motivation to engage problems and find solutions.

That’s why our clients rely on Insight Assessment metrics and data to take the guesswork out of personnel assessment and to identify candidates or trainees with the thinking skills and mindset to reach company goals.  INSIGHT Business Professional delivers objective metrics for the reasoning skills and mindset attributes required for 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:

  • INSIGHT measures the essential analytic reasoning skills businesses need: problem identification and analysis, evaluating alternatives, anticipating consequences, interpreting information in quantitative contexts and identifying optimal solutions.
  • INSIGHT also reports on 10 mindset measures of willingness and motivation to apply knowledge, experience and skills to increase results as well as focus, adaptability, honesty and tolerance for different viewpoints.   

Comprehensive individual reports provide reliable data about the specific strengths and weaknesses of 15 essential reasoning skills of test takers.  Easy to use online assessments are available 24/7.

If this is the type of data you need to prescreen candidates for hiring and promotion, contact us.

know your best thinkers

Do you know how many of your employees are good thinkers?

If you’re not assessing thinking abilities, then you’re guessingINSIGHT's group reports deliver the objective metrics on the overall reasoning and complex problem solving skills that will enable you to identify the strengths and weaknesses of teams, departments or divisions.

You need to understand how employees will think on the job.  Do they have strong problem solving skills? Do they have the analytical skills to evaluate risks and alternatives? Do they have the focus and drive necessary for innovation? Will they be motivated to reason through complex decision making processes? Will they be fast learners? INSIGHT reports these metrics.

INSIGHT Business Professional provides you with the tools you need to make staffing decisions based on the most important job qualification: does this candidate or employee have the thinking skills and motivation to get the job doneWithin minutes of the completion of the INSIGHT assessment, a printable report will be sent to you documenting the individual's strengths and areas for growth in 15 key thinking skill and mindset metrics.

Insight Assessment provides validated, objective measurements of the core thinking skills and reasoning mindset that make business operations run more smoothly. Our easy to use, online assessments give you the reliable analysis you need for hiring, promoting and future planning.

And the bonus: talent development . Training costs money and time for your organization, so invest in employees who can succeed. INSIGHT metrics include the data you need to strategically build strong teams throughout your organization. You can increase performance by identifying the best thinkers for leadership and promotion. Professional development programs can be targeted to improve specific areas of weakness in your staff.

Thinking and decision-making skills and a commitment to your company’s mission, vision and values are important considerations at every level of your organization. So why would you make a hire without assessing these metrics? Contact us; you don’t have to wait to start building teams of smart, strong thinkers.

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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.

Insight Assessment invites you to follow our blog, Thinking INSIGHT .

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