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How structured and logical thought can increase decision making capabilities

Analytical Thinking
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Analytical skills are most useful in the analysis of information and the utilization of logic to solve workplace issues and problems. Analytical thinking uses analysis and logic for reasoning and decision making.

Being analytical also drives curiosity and the desire to get to the bottom of a problem or task at hand. They are usually modest people who are motivated to understand how the world works and getting to the root of things.

Analytical skills can be used in critical thinking, to visualize, articulate, conceptualize or solve complex problems, but also simple problems, the core foundation being that decisions are made based on the actual information given and available.

What does a higher score mean?

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While you can be prone to over-analyze things you are a thinker and you also enjoy being analytical in the workplace. You are able to communicate ideas clearly and are able to find patterns in data that others may miss.

What does a lower score mean?

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You do not like to dig into the details and are satisfied to know that things work, and do not worry about how they work.

To nurture your Analytical Thinking:

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To increase analytical thinking and skills, it requires cultivating an interest in learning, in being observant and wanting to understand how things work. Keep your mind active and engaged, brain games can help with this, including pros and cons lists when decision making. Cultivate curiosity, this is not only vital to developing analytical thinking, but also in increasing attention and memory.

Use this checklist for self-evaluation

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  • Are you observant or curious about things happening around you?
  • Do you read books often?
  • Do you question what you are reading?
  • Are interested in learning how things work, understanding processes?
  • Do you like finding multiple solutions to problems?
  • Can you embrace logic in problem-solving?