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IBM at one time had "Think" as its slogan. One of the greatest difficulties for employers is the lack of critical thinking ability and dispositions among their employees.

Employees can be better and happier when they are encouraged to follow the RRA strategy, which are basic guides to critical thinking:
Reflect
Seek and give Reasons
Seek and compare Alternatives

Employers can develop training programs to promote critical thinking skills and dispositions. You might follow some or all of the suggestions (adapting them for your situation) in "Twenty Strategies and Tactics for Teaching Critical Thinking". A super-streamlined version of the definition/conception of critical thinking, which is the goal for these strategies and tactics, would be worth reading to make sure we have similar goals. It might well also be disseminated among your employees. "Critical Thinking: A Streamlined Conception"
is a more detailed definition/conception of critical thinking--with examples. See the rest of the "super-streamlined" page for even more details and depth, if you seek more.

No claim is made that critical thinking is by itself enough to make a good emplyee. But it helps a great deal.


Robert H. Ennis
rhennis@illinois.edu