In today’s workplace, the pace is fast and constantly changing.  Companies must keep on top of the competition and educated in new technologies and developments.  It is no longer possible for managers alone to handle the pace.  They must turn to their employees to contribute and actively participate in the growth and evolution of the company.

Pharmaceutical consultants can help managers and employees alike learn to understand the importance and the value of the use of critical thinking in the workplace.  In order for employees to be ready to put new information to its best use, they have to be able to discern the faulty, misleading even erroneous technobabble, from the information that is genuinely useful and correct.  Employees and managers both develop this ability by learning some basic critical thinking skills.

Critical thinking basically means thinking with purpose and direction, and pulling from bulk information that which is directly related to the company’s needs. To think critically is to really be aware of how we think and how others think.  Areas of skill that must be developed include the ability to understand the inferred meaning and hidden assumptions that often occur in the information we receive. It also involves the ability to analyze and verify the reasoning and claims of truth to what we study, listen to and read.

The actual process of critical thinking is taught by focusing on the 7 main standards of evaluation.  When a piece of information is analyzed thoroughly within the parameters of these standards, it becomes much easier to decide if the product, process or service that is being studied will work for its intended purpose.  So many mistakes in the industry are made by implementing the wrong process for the wrong reasons.  Developing and using the principles of critical thinking before making decisions can help prevent such errors in judgment.

The 7 basic principles of critical thinking include:

Clarity: Is the information clear to us?

Precision: Does the information relate exactly to the issue at hand?

Accuracy:  Is the information accurate?

Depth: Do we have enough information?

Breadth:  Does the information cover everything we need to know?

Logic:  Does the information make sense?

Relevance:  Does the information really relate to the problem we are trying to solve?

With some knowledgeable training in the subject, employees can quickly master the skills of critical thinking and become much more efficient at solving problems, analyzing processes, and be willing and valuable contributors to the growth of the company.

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