Google+

How Critical Thought Increases Innovation and Improves Leadership

Running a business requires more than sound formulas. While there are plenty of time-tested methods for getting things started, it takes an extra something to create a business that not only survives but thrives in various economic conditions. There isn’t a clear-cut answer for every question, and not every problem has an ideal solution. While it’s acceptable to borrow someone else’s playbook for most things, business owners who lack originality and problem-solving skills will get left in the dust by those who can think creatively.

Flexibility and Leadership in the New Millennium

The technological landscape has changed on a wider scale within the last decade than it did during the three decades that preceded it. This has rendered a lot of old business strategies obsolete, and the rate of progress has shown no signs of slowing down. It’s the primary reason that business owners need to become more creative; viable long-term strategies need to incorporate a degree of flexibility that business plans didn’t require prior to the 21st century.

It isn’t enough for business owners to hire creative thinkers to serve their companies. They need to embody what they want to see in their employees. Companies without strong leaders are like rudderless ships in stormy seas; employees may have brilliant ideas, but without someone in charge who recognizes true innovation, those ideas become little more than wasted potential. Business owners don’t need to become experts at everything, but they do need to know enough to be able to hire the right people, and they need to be beacons of confidence to those who have entrusted them with their futures.

Applied Understanding

There’s always more than one way to approach a problem, and learning all of the various methods is necessary for truly understanding what’s at the core of it. That understanding can often be applied to other aspects of a business, and it gives employees the kind of experience that’s immensely helpful when dealing with new challenges.

This is where critical thinking comes into play. When it’s broken down, critical thought requires two things: a willingness to question assumptions and the ability to create actionable plans. It’s not entirely unlike the scientific method, and the main benefit is that it’s results-oriented over everything else. It forces people to keep digging until they uncover solutions, and as long as there are well-defined goals, a little critical thought can go a long way.

Creativity and the Bottom Line

A lot of business owners make the mistake of undervaluing creative thinking, but creativity is the wild card that can push a business over the top. Creative marketing campaigns are responsible for sustaining the profitable empires of countless corporate entities, and encouraging creativity among employees can lend itself to bursts of inspiration that end up becoming incredibly profitable. Creative work environments also foster job satisfaction

among employees, and that helps business owners create an army of loyal workers who want to see their company succeed. That’s a key component of long-term financial success.

The Expectations of the Modern Age

It’s not easy to run a business, and encouraging creativity and critical thought may seem like a huge burden for some, but the potential payoff is far too great to ignore. Businesses can no longer survive if they are devoid of creativity, and fostering the kind of work environment that engages both creative and critical impulses is necessary for survival in the modern world.

 

About the Author

Jen Riddle is a full-time writer for higher ed blogs and journals nationwide with a focus on online education opportunities.  Several schools offer online degrees in business, including mba.norwich.edu and newhaven.edu.

Entertainment

Ben Affleck Directs and Stars in Gruesome Gangster Saga

    Live by Night Blu-ray Review by Kam Williams Ben Affleck Directs and Stars in Gruesome Gangster Saga    Dennis Lehane has enjoyed phenomenal success not only as a novelist but writing directly for TV (Boardwalk Empire and The Wire). And several of his crime thrillers have been brought to the big screen, including Mystic River, Shutter Island and Gone, Baby, Gone. In 2007, Ben Affleck directed Gone, Baby, Gone, staying behind … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Books

The President’s Kitchen Cabinet

  The President's Kitchen Cabinet The Story of the African-Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas by Adrian Miller University of North Carolina Press Hardcover, $30.00 292 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-1-4696-3253-7 Book Review by Kam Williams “[This opus] vividly tells the stories of the African-Americans who worked in the presidential food service as chefs, personal cooks, butlers, stewards … [Read More its Good for You...]

Art

The Day After the Day Of

  The Day After the Day Of by Paul Ilechko   The sky sheds its tears. This morning is the morning of the day after. The day of mourning, the day after the day of.  I beseech the sky to shed tears in order to wash away the tears on my face.   This is the first day of the time after. This is the beginning of a new time, the days of pain, the days of sorrow. We are in mourning. The sky looks down and sheds its tears for … [Read More its Good For You...]

Real Estate

History Being Sold to the Highest Bidder

  History Being Sold to the Highest Bidder by Amy Lignor   For the longest time, scientists and archaeologists have been confused and bemused by various discoveries they’ve unearthed that offer little or no explanation as to the who, what, and why of the people who created these things or left them behind. Even now, in 2017, there are discoveries being studied; stories that were once legends now have actual bits of proof being found that … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Lifestyle

2017 Hobbies That Bring You Serenity

  2017 Hobbies That Bring You Serenity by Amy Lignor   Origami. Memory albums. Quilting. What do these have in common? Well, at one point or another in time, they have represented the “hottest” hobbies in the United States. Taking up hobbies are not only a fun thing to do for the “artistic/creative” type, but they also help to reduce stress. Even the AMA has cited the fact that taking up a hobby can produce a calming environment … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

Skeeter SX210

  Skeeter SX210 By Craig Lamb After buying a bay boat, why spend more time and money getting it rigged out for your needs? With the Skeeter SX210, you get a boat already factory rigged with the standard accessories and features serious anglers want in a bay boat. Best of all, you get the extras, dependability, and durability that make it a Skeeter for an affordable price. Affordable doesn’t mean any corners were cut. That’s not the … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

Will NASCAR Theatrics Bring Back Viewers?

  Will NASCAR Theatrics Bring Back Viewers? by Amy Lignor   For any of the millions who once watched ABC’s Wide World of Sports and heard the words “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat,” they remember the footage of a skier’s crash when it came to the “agony” side of things. Everyone knew that sight was a fact – a video that was absolutely real. Nowadays, however, it seems that more and more sports are “making up” shots that … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

How Are Retail Sales in 2017?

  How Are Retail Sales in 2017? E-Commerce Reigns by Amy Lignor   Despite consumer uncertainty, as well as a very sluggish beginning to 2017, the U.S. retail sales industry is projected to increase 4% this year. Headlines show that many retailers and companies posted “soft” holiday sales to end 2016, which caused some notable retailers to either cut jobs or close stores as a result. However, when it comes to 2017, the National … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Where to Vacation? Go Big or Stay Home!

  Where to Vacation? Go Big or Stay Home! by Amy Lignor   We speak about luxury vacations, budget vacations, vacations that are fun for the kids, and many more areas of travel at this time of year. But there is also a category that many do not touch upon because they “assume” it is far too difficult for those on a budget to be able to enjoy these jaw-dropping wonders. However, whether you are a backpacker looking to “become a … [Read More its Good for You...]

Green Living

Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden

  Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden by Amy Lignor   Many are still dealing with that wintery mix Mother Nature just loves to toss down from the sky this time of year. Yet, that gardener living inside the soul – the one just dreaming of the sunny skies and lazy rainy days that are must-haves in order to grow the best vegetables possible – is already jotting down the facts, tricks and tips they need to know in order to make that … [Read More its Good for You...]