"All thinking pursues a purpose." (Paul and Elder).
Check these 11 keys to strategic thinking and the way we think put forward by Paul and Elder...
1. Interdependence - identify links and patterns between feelings, motives and thinking.
2. Logic - we place meaning on our world through thinking. Reflect on goals, questions, info, assumptions, concepts n conclusions currently held.
3. Assessment - engage in frequent reflection to get a temperature on our typoe of thinking so as to nudge towards thinking skills that promote greater effectiveness.
4. Egocentricity - Be mindful of the limitations of self centred thought alone.
5. Egocentricity - be mindful of other's irrationality yet be fair and rigourous in analysis before offering an input to those perceived to be irrational.
6. Generalization - avoid making generalizations based on limited data. Put data and experience into context.
7. Distrust appearances - go beyond the surface appearance of things.
8. Deliberation - irrational approaches can be more likely when a lack of planning is involved
9. Dominance and submission - self reflect to determine when you may be doing either of these.
10. Sociocentricity - question the thinking and decisions that are based upon social identity expressions alone.
11. Work - recognize that strategic thinking requires immense focus and work to develop over the long haul.
What's your favourite key?
What's your strong key?
What's a key that needs most work?
Which key do you want to use next?
Towards which situation would you apply it?