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Critical thinking and decision-making are closely related and nearly go hand-in-hand Although it may not be evident that these two processes are used on a daily basis they clearly are Whether you realize or not that you exercise these two processes for example professionally or socially at some point during every day you contemplate your thoughts you observe others and their actions and rule on many subject matters Many do this subconsciously but in the end it comes down to you building on your critical thinking and making decisions Critical thinking is the closely controlled ability and eagerness to evaluate evidence and claims to make impartial judgments on the basis of well supported reasons as a guide to belief and action to seek a width of contradicting as well as confirming information and to monitor ones thinking while doing so The thinking process that is appropriate for critical thinking depends on the information area eg scientific mathematical historical etc but some universal measures are clarity accuracy precision consistency relevance sound empirical evidence good reasons depth extent and fairness All in all critical thinking is the process some refer to as thinking outside of the box which takes practice Decision-making is a process where people consider the costs and benefits of alternatives Some steps in the process include defining the problem gathering information exploring alternatives or thinking critically about options making the decision taking action and evaluating the decision after it has been made In a typical organization the department head usually reaches the ultimate say in a decision Although this does not mean that only the highest authorities can finalize a decision Through my past professional experiences when working in teams the department head or supervisor has been able to pass down their authority if they wish to do so to finalize a decision as long it is a sound decision agreed upon by all in that specific team Critical thinking and decision-making in essence
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