This article suggests that you can train yourself to think critically by using a systematic approach to handling new information.

It might be helpful for readers of The Edge to use this article to help think about how to arm yourself in the face of critical thinkers.

As we have been learning in the School for Health and Care Radicals (#SHCR on Twitter), its important not to shy away from critical thinkers, as encountering and dealing with resistance is part of any successful change journey.

Klosowski says that critical thinkers will be paying attention to the details, so let’s make sure our evidence is readily available for any conversation we encounter. This could include having a few statistics handy – that show how intolerable it is to remain with the status quo, as well as some financial analyses that show how both cost and quality benefits will be realised.

The author also says that good critical thinkers will be:

  • Asking questions
  • Suspicious of the validity of your claims if you use qualifying phrases
  • Aware of their own biases
  • Practicing critical thinking (e.g. by blogging/working out loud)

So, what else can we do to prepare ourselves for those all-important conversations with critical thinkers?