Critical reasoning has a significant impact on the ability of leaders and teams to adjust to new challenges. This skill is hugely valuable at all times. It even more valuable when you aim to build your competitive edge in unprecedented situations like the economic fragility that has come from the pandemic.
So, how good are you and your people at critical reasoning?
Are you freeing your mind to explore challenging questions with a totally open mind? Are you welcoming new ideas, whoever suggests them? in other words Are you able to start or restart with a “clean slate” perpective?
I am inviting you to have a bit of fun testing yourself with a short quizz.
Anderson Consulting Worldwide developed this quiz to test critical thinking. It consists of 4 simple questions. They can be a quick measure of what it takes to be a successful professional in a new context.
Here are 4 test questions. Answer them in sequence, don’t skip one.
1. How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator?
Stop and think about it and decide on your answer before you scroll down.
The correct answer:
Open the refrigerator, put in the giraffe, and close the door.
This question tests whether you tend to do simple things in an overly complicated way.
2. How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?
Did you say, Open the refrigerator, put in the elephant, and close the refrigerator? Wrong Answer.
Open the refrigerator, take out the giraffe, put in the elephant and close the door.
This tests your ability to think through the repercussions of your previous actions.
Lion King Test
3. The Lion King is hosting an Animal Conference. All the animals attend … except one.
Which animal does not attend?
The Elephant. The elephant is in the refrigerator. You just put him in there.
This tests your memory.
4. There is a river you must cross but it is used by crocodiles, and you do not have a boat.
How do you manage it?
You jump into the river and swim across.
Haven’t you been lis-ten-ing? All the crocodiles are attending the Animal Conference.
This tests whether you learn quickly from your mistakes.
How did you go? How good is your critical reasoning?
According to Anderson Consulting Worldwide, around 90% of the professionals they tested got all questions wrong, but many preschoolers got
several correct answers. Could it be that this conclusively proves the theory that most professionals do not have the brains of a four-year old?
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