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The Most Important Workplace Skill

Critical thinking skills are highly sought after by recruiters. Execs rank it as the most important workplace skill and the U.S. Department of Labor has labeled it the foundation of problem solving, decision making, creativity, strategic planning, and more. While people generally grasp critical thinking’s underlying theory and recognize it as a high-value skill, they often fall short in applying it to everyday tasks and situations. A survey conducted by SHRM and The Conference Board found that among employees with a four year college education only 28%—a little better than one in four—were rated excellent critical thinkers.
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