Thinking Skills for Decision Making - in 21 Visual Tweets


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While decisions based on intuition and instinct are fine for routine tasks, for complex tasks you need deep thinking skills. Learn how to think deep in 21 visual tweets!

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Thinking Skills for Decision Making - in 21 Visual Tweets

  1. 1. Presents Deep Thinking Skills for Better Decision Making - in 21 Visual Tweets!
  2. 2. 1. Brain is efficient but lazy!
  3. 3. 2. Brain boils down every input it receives to a pattern that can be stored and recalled easily.
  4. 4. 3. This pattern making behaviour of the brain leads to creation of assumptions, perceptions, instincts and heuristics (mental short-cuts).
  5. 5. 4. For routine tasks the brain working on a reflex (without thinking deep) is an efficient way of working.
  6. 6. 5. And at times ‘acting on instinct’ is the right approach... When in danger the brain decides ‘fight or flight’ instinctively.
  7. 7. 6. However, such ‘intuitive thinking’ is not always advantageous. We have to be wary of ‘bad habits’ of the brain...
  8. 8. 7. Bad Habits of the Brain - 1: At times our emotions and beliefs may lead us to wrong assumptions and perceptions.
  9. 9. 8. Bad Habits of the Brain - 2: Brain can become ‘ethnocentric’ - influenced by own society and culture, oblivious of other ways of thinking
  10. 10. 9. Bad Habits of the Brain - 3: Brain can become ‘egocentric’ - influenced by own ego ( “I am right, others are wrong” )
  11. 11. 10. Instead of relying only on intuition for making decisions and choices learn the steps for deep or reflective thinking...
  12. 12. 11. Deep Thinking Step - 1: Discipline your brain to challenge intrinsic assumptions, perceptions and instincts. 12. Use techniques like Six Hat Thinking, Plus- Minus-Interesting Analysis, Role Playing, Critical Questioning, Games & Simulations.
  13. 13. 13. Deep Thinking Step - 2: Make a deliberate effort to think of ‘alternatives’. 14. Use techniques like brainstorming, creating ‘what-if’ scenarios, word association and De Bono’s ‘Po’ analysis.
  14. 14. 15. Deep Thinking Step - 3: Weigh all alternatives by working out the possible downstream consequences of each. 16. A ‘Socratic Dialogue’ with self or others to explore pros & cons of alternatives further clarifies thinking, leading to better decisions.
  15. 15. 17. Deep Thinking Review - 1: For complex situations, where more than one factor can vary, Reflective of Deep thinking becomes imperative.
  16. 16. 18. Deep Thinking Review - 2: In complex situations decisions should not be influenced by first rush of emotions, instincts or impulse.
  17. 17. 19. Deep Thinking Review - 3: Decisions and choices should not be based only on perceptions formed by past experiences.
  18. 18. 20. Deep Thinking Review - 4: Decisions and choices should be based on deliberate and conscious thinking... start with generating new alternatives.
  19. 19. 21. Deep Thinking Final Thought: Work out the downstream consequences of alternates and then decide. Such a decision will be better than an intuitive one!
  20. 20. About the Author Co-founder, Co-founder, Blog: elcome for reading. I w Thanks ments. yo ur com - Atul