Successful Thinking

Successful Thinking Definition

Successful thinking is the combination of Critical, Creative, Analytical, and Strategic Thinking in order to identify problems and propose solutions innovatively and efficiently.

Sample Behaviors include:

  • Demonstrate Critical Thinking:  Make decisions and solve problems using sound, inclusive reasoning and judgment holistically.
  • Demonstrate Creative Thinking:  Examine information and the situation in order to find new and innovative ways to solve a problem. 
  • Demonstrate Strategic Thinking:  Thinking beyond the success of one small problem to thinking about the long-term success of an overarching issue. 
  • Demonstrate Analytical Thinking: Converging facts, data, information, experiences, and wisdom in search of a solution.

    Source:  NACE Career Readiness Competencies
    • What is my approach to overcoming a difficult problem or barrier?
    • How do I express myself creatively?
    • How do my current actions align with my long-term goals?
    • How do I break down information into digestible portions?
    • How are each of the subcategories of successful thinking related to one another, and how do they compliment each other in the workplace?

    Critical Thinking

    • Participate in an escape room.
    • Finish a puzzle.
    • Practice explaining a problem or a concept to a younger or less-informed audience (As Albert Einstein once said, “If you can’t explain it to a 6-year-old, you don’t understand it yourself”).

    Creative Thinking

    • Participate in the Innov8x challenge.
    • Journal or write a story.
    • Dance! Dancing can aid in problem solving and creativity. See Dr. Peter Lovatt’s TedTalk about it here.

    Strategic Thinking

    • Play a game of chess. Brain games or certain board games can improve problem solving, planning, and strategy.

    Analytical Thinking

    • Take a trip into Denver using public transportation. Research routes and schedules to ride the quickest and most fuel efficient option.