Maren Drewes

Critical Thinking for Organisations

What is ciritcal thinking?

Critical thinking consists of investigating the foundations for our beliefs and actions. A person who thinks critically reflects upon how she thinks and why she believes or does something.

A person who thinks critically is able to

  • recognise problems, formulate them clearly and raise vital questions
  • gather and assess relevant information
  • come to well-reasoned conclusions and decisions

A person who thinks critically is

  • continually striving to improve her own way of perceiving and thinking
  • interested in finding out why something happened the way it did and how other people think, even if the answers might be complex
  • willing to engage in respectful and fair dialogue in order to learn from fellow human beings

Critical thinking is therefore not about quick judgments, mere criticism or mechanical thinking that does not consider emotions, needs, motivation or creativity. By critical thinking we mean: exploring and discovering, consciously observing, describing, disassembling, understanding, developing further and recomposing.

 

Critical Thinking for Organisations

We take the approaches of critical thinking and apply them to your work reality, day-to-day operations and special challenges. Critical thinking works with language analysis, questioning techniques and methods to reveal hidden assumptions and cognitive biases. We complement those methods with approaches from Design Thinking, non-violent communication, Theory U, Betztavta and Dragon Dreaming.

 More about our team and its background
 This article by THE CHANGER explains some of our methods (in German)

 

Critical Thinking in your internal communications

We support you in

  • developing your vision and mission statements as well as values (whether for the first time or after changes within your organisation)
  • optimising communication within teams and between colleagues
  • clarifying roles and identifying tasks and processes

 Our references

 

Critical Thinking in your external communications

We support you in

  • effectively presenting you organisation or project to your stakeholders (for example in the form of a pitch or other communication materials)
  • clarifying agreements with your clients, donors or investors
  • evaluating and presenting the results of your programmes or projects

 Our references 

 

Critical Thinking in concept and strategy development

We support you in

  • developing an impact strategy for your organisation or project
  • evaluating and optimising your programmes or projects
  • developing communication strategies

 Our references