How to be Indispensable to International Teams | Pt. 1 Creative Problem Solving

CreativeCritical thinking

The ability to use logical judgement in addition to creative and critical thinking skills are some of the most useful and transferable skills that one can posses.  Many of these skills are ingrained in us, but many can be learned.  The goal is to learn and assimilate new ways of processing information in a way that makes sense to you.  This will allow you to be the agent of change as opposed to the guy who’s stuck thinking inside the box.

When facing a problem or an issue, making the right decision is a fundamental task. Critical thinking helps us to understand the pros and cons of every possible outcome and to value them according to the goal we want to achieve. Improving its utilization in all aspects of your life can results in better decisions, fewer mistakes and in a significant improvement in the collaboration and success between people.

According to Facione, “critical thinking is focused on testing the validity of assumptions or beliefs by the application of a set of cognitive skills such as ‘interpretation, analysis, evaluation, inference, explanation and self-regulation”.

Take a look at the lovely chart (I made) at the top of the post.  Possessing the skills listed will cause you to be unstoppable in terms of being able to think outside the problem and into the realm of possibilities and opportunities;  you will move from stagnation to innovation.  By practicing these skills one can also go from the type of person who analyses problems to one that meditates on solutions.  Keep in mind my darlings,  being a solution to a problem is the foundation of personal branding.

The other skills that I would associate with the above are:
  • The ability to accomplish tasks
  • The ability to articulate complex ideas
  • The ability to speak to the audience
  • The ability to convey abstract and complex messages
  • The ability to engage intellectually and creatively with others ideas
  • The ability to work well with others
  • Self-awareness and the ability to judge oneself
  • The ability to know ones limitations

According to John Baldoni “[c]ritical thinking has always been a prized attribute of leadership, but over the years, especially as business schools have emphasized quantitative skills over qualitative ones, critical thinking dropped by the wayside. Now as the rate of complexity rises, the need for critical thinking resurfaces”.

John expands further on what you need to do to think critically:
  • Question assumptions
  • Adopt different perspectives
  • See potential
  • Manage ambiguity

Bloom’s Taxonomy


Another way to stimulate creative and critical thinking is to gain a clear understanding of the principles and tools available through:

Creative Problem Solving v. 6.1 or CPSv6.1

. *More to come on that in later posts*


Having a powerhouse of logical skills will always set you apart from your competition and allow you to navigate complicated situations at work and in life.  Never underestimate how every part of this post can be integrated into your life to make you more savvy and desirable!

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