April 25, 2011

Critical Thinking in Decision–Making

Dealing with RDM PMA, I found something interesting concept about critical thinking as important aspect for decision makers. In my opinion, most decision makers make a decision based on their believe about something which lead them in judgmental bias, for instance conformation trap or anchor heuristic. Thus, in order to avoid this potential issue, decision makers should employ critical thinking whenever make decision. Critical thinking means, decision makers analyze, evaluate and challenge what they belief in particular subject in order to minimize bias and make certain judgment in objective manner. By having this approach in mind, decision makers will able improve the quality of the decision itself. However, it will probably depend on the leadership style of decision makers. Let say, the leader is autocratic. She/he will not listen to any input from  followers which lead to foster creation of judgmental bias when a decision need to be made since leader will rely on her/his intuition or certain knowledge without taking any input from others, which trigger me to conclude, in my opinion, that decision makers’ behavior and leadership style will affect quality of decision.

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  1. Ponthy,
    About the knowledge of biases, I agree with you on the view that ever since I have known about these human psycological behaviors, i.e. biases, i have actually realized that myself, before taking any decision or deciding an approach, it does strike my mind, for instance, am i trying to confirm my initial idea? or if in a group, could there be a way to ask somebody else’s opinion outside the group? So learning about these human tendencies does help you to think critically!

    25 Apr 2011, 16:14

  2. Hi Awal,
    thanks for your comment.
    Yes indeed, we always trap in conformation bias every time we make decision that we think we had experience on that particular subject and want to ensure that our initial idea taken as final decision. Thats why brainstorming hold important role to ensure that we have different angle point of view from each team member and foster critical thinking among them.

    29 Apr 2011, 17:56

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