Critical Thinking & Decision Making

With critical thinking ranking among the most in-demand skills for job candidates and influencing decision-making ability more than IQ, you would think that educational institutions would prepare students well to be exceptional thinkers and employers would be adept at developing such skills in existing employees. Unfortunately, both are largely untrue.

Critical thinking encompasses 5 skills according to Professor Diane Halpern (creator of one of the only research-validated critical thinking assessments):

  1. Verbal reasoning
  2. Argument analysis
  3. Hypothesis testing
  4. Likelihood and uncertainty
  5. Decision-making and problem-solving

Becoming a better thinker may feel abstract, but it doesn’t have to be. The resources below and the 10 critical thinking behaviors on our professional development platform make it concrete and doable.