Reasoning in the Workplace Presentation Transcript
Reasoning in the Workplace
Reasoning in the WorkplaceIntroduction • Developing reasoning skills is very important. • We have a mind that has the ability to think creatively and we can only come to good decisions if we think rationally.
Reasoning in the WorkplaceImportant• If we are not able to think a thing through intelligently, we will find ourselves believing and action upon lies.• We must learn how to keep from getting “the wool pulled over our eyes.”
Reasoning in the WorkplaceOur World – Full of Deceptive Messages• We have deceptive messages all around us.• We have them coming at us from: – politicians, advertisements, special interest groups, study groups, professors, friends, family, business meetings, Internet, etc.
Reasoning in the WorkplaceMain definition• A good definition of reason is: – "To use induction, deduction, or a combination of these in an effort to decide something."
Reasoning in the WorkplaceMain definition• In inductive We gather facts to formulate general reasoning principles.• In deductive We use the general principles to come reasoning to logical conclusions. To have good thinking skills we need to use these two forms of reasoning in combination with one another. If we are reasoning properly, we go though this process to come to the truth.
Reasoning in the WorkplaceStrategy 01 - Identify• Before you can work on finding solutions to a situation, you have to be able to identify the problem.• Consider asking someone to help you figure out what the problem is at work.• Avoid letting your emotions get the better of you.
Reasoning in the WorkplaceStrategy 02 – Gather Information• Consider consulting people, trade journals, manuals, supervisors and others to gather as much information about the situation.• Ask yourself how the situation is affecting you, and find out if others have experienced the problems as well.
Reasoning in the WorkplaceStrategy 03 – Possible Solutions • Write out possible solutions to the situation. • It does not matter whether they are viable or realistic, just write them down. • Brainstorming in this way helps you get as many ideas as possible on the table.
Reasoning in the WorkplaceStrategy 04 – Evaluate• Ask yourself what you want to achieve by finding a solution.• Write out the pros and cons of each solution that meets your goals.• This can help you compare solutions and their possible effects side by side.
Reasoning in the WorkplaceStrategy 05 – Decide• Choose the solution that seems best given the circumstances.• Implement your decision and then evaluate it.• If necessary, go back to the previous steps to find a new and more effective solution.
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