Have you ever seen sacred cows consume innovation at its roots? I have.
Wherever you hear the catchword critical thinking discussed, you find new definitions. The only part people seem to hold in common is that you should wield critical thinking to solve problems.
Have you noticed it doesn’t work that way in reality? In fact critical too often trumps thinking, and cynicism tends to toss toxins into the mix to prevent thoughtfulness of any kind. How so?
Critical thinking claims to challenge personal thought, yet often gets expressed in cynical put- downs stated in toxic tone. What’s supposed to be reflective change converts into blaming others. What claims to question assumptions, tends to deliver opinions as facts. What’s touted as diverse approaches, gets represented as one way to the top. What lifts banners to ambiguity comes off as hierarchies for guarding elite views at the top.
In an era where innovation is craved, civility is rare, and diversity is paramount, a shift in approach would jump-start leadership for improved workplaces for mind-bending renewal. Renewal that treats people as capital, leaders as facilitators, knowledge as shared, workplaces as caring communities, and innovation as the engine to move us all forward.
Brainpowered tools for leading innovation offer more than “critical thinking,” at the Mita Brain Center, where we:
- question possibilities
- target improvements
- expect quality
- move multiple intelligences as resources, and
- reflect on growth possibilities.
Here’s the skinny:
1. Rather than tell or deliver, brainpowered tools help to question and wonder.
2. Rather than critique for mistakes, brainpowered tools target improvements.
3. Rather than foster similarity, brainpowered tools expect quality differences.
4. Rather than talents at the top, brainpowered tools move multiple intelligences.
5. Rather than end with tests, brainpowered tools reflect in innovation celebration.
Mita Brainpowered tools all find roots in current theories yet must be expressed in tools that build innovation that raises motivation and achievement for all. Brainpowered tools are needed to open new job opportunities and sidestep traditions that cling to status quo stagnation.
What do you see, when people call for critical thinking at the core? Is it time to rethink critical thinking, and consider alternatives in brainpowered tools to lead innovative improvements where you work?