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3 Reasons why we donít Think.
Most people get paid to ďDOĒ.Do you believe your boss would pay you if you sat in your chair and just thought about things?No.You need to produce, whether itís writing plans down and passing it to others, or building a component, or making a phone call or email.Companies are in the business of delivering products or services, and in order to accomplish that, you have to DO something.
However, the #1 challenge that managers bring to our Critical Thinking workshop isnít about doing more, or improving products or services; itís the desire for people to become better Thinkers.Why?These managers are smart, and they know if there is improved Thinking, then quality and productivity will rise, innovation will improve, frequency of mistakes will go down, opportunity recognition will go up, and all of this will be reflected in the quality and quantity of what gets Done.
So, if Thinking produces better Doing, then why isnít there more ďThinkingĒ?Many people say that ďthey donít have enough timeĒ, but thatís hogwash!They just donít make the time because of these 3 reasons.
1. We donít think we need to.Some managers do a great injustice to their employees because they allow them not to Think.Their employees donít Think, because they donít have to. Great managers insist that their employees ďThinkĒ, and instead of giving them an answer, they give them the tools to find many answers.
2. We donít know how.Thinking Critically needs to be learned.Youíre not born with this skill, and just like other skills, you need to learn how and you need to practice.
3. We donít like to.This is the primary reason.We just donít like to think.Martin Luther King said that people will go to all efforts not to have to think.Why?People like to Do, not Think.Doing is what gets rewarded and is satisfying.Companies and employees get paid for what they produce, and Doing is what accomplishes it. Thinking also exposes ignorance, i.e. you get a lot of ďI donít knowĒ answers when you Think.Sooner or later youíll find out what you donít know, but getting it in big doses is hard to take, and so you would rather ďJust do itĒ, than ďThink, then Do itĒ.
The Takeaway.The next time you have something important to DO, spend a little time to THINK, and youíll be more successful when you DO. Of course we all think, but we donít often Think Deeply or Critically.Recognize that your work will improve if your Thinking improves, so make it a necessity, learn how to do it, and finally, look past the fact that it may take more effort, because the rewards are worthwhile.
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