Edition: International | Greek
MENU

Home » Business

This is the most in-demand soft skill that companies want

Three-quarters of American companies say they have difficulty recruiting the right people, with critical thinking among the top requirements, according to the Society for Human Resource Management

By: EBR - Posted: Friday, November 1, 2019

Developing critical thinking is becoming more important as policy-makers around the world grapple to equip their citizens with the right education.
Developing critical thinking is becoming more important as policy-makers around the world grapple to equip their citizens with the right education.

by Emma Charlton* 

Three-quarters of American companies say they have difficulty recruiting the right people, with critical thinking among the top requirements, according to the Society for Human Resource Management. That begs the question: can these ’soft skills’ be taught.

“It’s time to reject the notion that critical thinking is either an innate gift that can’t be developed or a skill learned only through experience,” says Matt Plummer, founder of online coaching company Zarvana.

“You can help your team members develop one of today’s most in-demand skills.”

Zarvana has published a Critical Thinking Roadmap to help employers guide their employees. It says the way to be a better critical thinker comes through these four phases: execute, synthesize, recommend, and generate.

The execute phase is when people are converting instructions into action.

“Once team members are making suggestions for how to improve their work, you know they’re ready for the next phase,” the Roadmap says.

 

 

The second phase is synthesize, in which team members sort through information and figure out what is important – summarizing key takeaways from a meeting, for example. The third, recommend, is reached when employees move from identifying what is important to determining what should be done, even if their recommendations don’t align with the employer’s opinion.

Finally, the fourth phase focuses on generating, and team members are required to create something out of nothing.

“In this phase, they become adept at translating the vision in others’ heads – and their own – into projects that can be executed,” Zarvana says. Brainstorming and keeping lists of ideas to share are key at this level.

Developing critical thinking is becoming more important as policy-makers around the world grapple to equip their citizens with the right education.

The World Economic Forum report The Future of Jobs identifies analytical thinking and creativity as two of the main skills that will be in demand in 2022.

And in The Global Competitiveness Report. the World Economic Forum looks at the teaching of critical thinking as one element to assess how ready a country is for the future of work.

The report poses the question: “In your country, how do you assess the style of teaching?” and asks respondents to grade their response from 1, which is teacher-based and focused on memorizing, through to 7 for encouraging creative and critical individual thinking. Finland comes top, with a score of 5.6 out of 7.

 

 

*Senior Writer, Formative Content

**first published in: www.weforum.org 

READ ALSO

EU Actually

Does Vestager overplay her hand again?

N. Peter KramerBy: N. Peter Kramer

The EU General Court overturned the landmark 2016 decision by EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager that Ireland should claw back €13 billion in unpaid taxes plus interest from Apple

View 01/2020 2020 Digital edition

Magazine

Current Issue

01/2020 2020

View past issues
Subscribe
Advertise
Digital edition

Europe

Eurozone retail sales return to pre-pandemic levels

Eurozone retail sales return to pre-pandemic levels

The volume of retail sales in the euro zone rebounded in June to levels recorded in February before lockdowns, official estimates showed on Wednesday (5 August), completing a recovery that began in May after record drops in March and April

Business

COVID-19 has disrupted cybersecurity, too – here’s how businesses can decrease their risk

COVID-19 has disrupted cybersecurity, too – here’s how businesses can decrease their risk

COVID-19 is changing everything. Along with social distancing, obsessive sanitisation, broken supply chains, fragmented workforces and the rise of video meetings, the pandemic is driving acute systemic changes in consumer and business behavior

MARKET INDICES

Powered by Investing.com
All contents © Copyright EMG Strategic Consulting Ltd. 1997-2020. All Rights Reserved   |   Home Page  |   Disclaimer  |   Website by Theratron