Let’s Start a New Exercise Program …


Jump for Joy“The only exercise some people get is jumping to conclusions, running down their friends, side-stepping responsibility, and pushing their luck!”

Author Unknown

This saying always makes me smile, but a lack of critical thinking skills is not a joke.

The ability to clearly describe problems, find possible solutions, evaluate and test those possibilities, and ultimately decide on the most effective path is pure gold for both employers and employees.

Employers desperately need people on their payroll who understand and can use creative and critical thinking skills to solve problems.  Solving problems results in higher profits, lower costs, more satisfied customers, and more engaged employees.  Now who doesn’t want all that …?

Employees desperately need to prove their understanding of and ability to use creative and critical thinking skills to solve problems.  Solving problems results in better job satisfaction, a close tie to the organization and its processes, and a more marketable skill set.   Everybody wins …

However, I see one issue arise repeatedly as people attempt to solve problems …  few people are willing to do the hard work of data collection and research that underlies most effective decision-making …

In a world where we can slide more than an encyclopedia’s worth of knowledge into our pockets and where facts are plentiful, if not always credible …When our ability to objectively analyze situations and weigh conflicting opinions and position statements is reduced or marred by partisan affiliations and ideological warfare …

At a time when we can do a lot and too often attempt exactly that, without concern or regard for the consequences of filling our days and nights with superficiality …

Creative and critical thinking is just not that easy … but immensely worth it.

Look It Up

“Jumping to conclusions might be an enjoyable mental exercise, but it’s not nearly as good for you as digging for facts.”

Author Unknown

Trying not to jump without a very good reason and solid support in the Heartland ….

John