The relationship between thinking skills and mindset

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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.

Employees with strong thinking skills and mindset make better decisions

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

  • Use Insight Assessment measurement tools to determine if your people have the mindset to achieve their goals and the strength of reasoning skills needed to be successful.
  • These assessments are also integrated into INSIGHT Development Program, an online training and development tool that can sharpen the performance of any team.

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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