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Eight Habits of Effective Critical Thinkers

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    Not my circus, not my monkeys

    You can waste a lot of time and energy trying to change what is outside your sphere of influence. Take a page from the oft-quoted Serenity Prayer: Accept the things you cannot change; change the things you can; and learn to recognize the difference. Put your time and energy into the issues over which your have control: your team, your clients, your product line... If someone else's cookie falls on the floor and they eat it, that's not your concern.

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Eight Habits of Effective Critical Thinkers

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    Not my circus, not my monkeys

    You can waste a lot of time and energy trying to change what is outside your sphere of influence. Take a page from the oft-quoted Serenity Prayer: Accept the things you cannot change; change the things you can; and learn to recognize the difference. Put your time and energy into the issues over which your have control: your team, your clients, your product line... If someone else's cookie falls on the floor and they eat it, that's not your concern.

Critical thinking is the ability to make decisions, solve problems, and take appropriate action in a systematic fashion. It has been identified as one of the key skills required for future success by educators, business leaders and governments. Most managers (97.2 percent) surveyed by the American Management Association for its 2012 Critical Skills Survey believed that critical thinking skills were important to drive future growth of their organizations. The same group, however, believed that only 10 percent of their employees were fully competent in critical thinking.

This slideshow features 10 simple ways to become a better critical thinker at work and in life, as identified by Jen Lawrence. Keeping these points in mind will help make you a more effective critical thinker: You will solve problems more easily, reach better decisions, and will have more agreement from stakeholders. Your life will be easier, you will be more popular, and your enemies will have more reason to hate you. But hey, that's the way the cookie crumbles. 

Jen Lawrence, who holds an MBA in finance, has widely written and spoken on corporate culture, critical thinking, and strategic planning. She has been interviewed by media outlets including The Toronto StarReport on Business TVNational Post, and Toronto Life. A resident of Toronto, Lawrence is a proud mother of two children.

Connect with Lawrence: http://engagethefox.wordpress.com/.