Podcast: Critical Thinking in Business

It’s the number one workplace skill, but how important is critical thinking? Tracy West, Leadership Consultant at Wickland Westcott recently interviewed Matt Stevens, Head of TalentLens UK about critical thinking’s role in the world of business and what it means for the future of work. In part one of this interview, they look at defining Critical Thinking.

What is Critical Thinking?

Duration: 01:10 | Date: May 2019

In our first podcast, hear Tracy and Matt discuss ‘What is Critical Thinking and how do you measure critical thinking?‘.


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Read the transcript of Tracy West and Matt Steven's discussion on critical thinking


Tracy West: Hi Matt, thanks for joining me today. I’d like to talk to you about critical thinking if that’s ok? I know that your organisation is very big on this topic and I kind of feel there isn’t enough about it out there in the real world. So can you give me a definition of what critical thinking actually is?

Matt Stevens: Yes, so Pearson TalentLens have come up with a quite a robust definition, I might not get it right word for word, but it is the ability to look at a situation from multiple pespecitvies while separating facts from opinions and bias

Tracy West: Right, and my view is that, that is very important in today’s world of business. Would you agree with that? Do you think it’s something we need to do more of?

Matt Stevens: Absolutely, I’d probably contend as well its not just restricted to business, you could probably say that critical thinking ability is not just a workplace skill it’s a life skill. It’s something that traverses cross multi sectors, so is all pervasive when it comes to your daily life as well.