Original citation Over the past century Western industrialized nations have attempted to reorganize the rest of the planet to live by their understanding of the natural and social world.
Richetti and Benjamin B. Tregoe Table of Contents Chapter 1. Rational Thinking as a Process Solutions to significant problems facing modern society demand a widespread qualitative improvement in thinking and understanding.
We need a breakthrough in the quality of thinking employed by both decision makers and by each of us in our daily affairs. The news media are rife with examples of questionable responses or solutions to situations and events. We all, average citizens to world leaders, struggle to develop creative, workable solutions to pressing problems and issues.
Statistics abound on studies that have demonstrated students' ability to memorize facts but not apply them.
Parents wrestle with helping their children successfully navigate in an increasingly complicated world. A lack of thought does not characterize most of these scenarios, but rather an incomplete consideration of the situation.
Typically, poor decisions or other mistakes are a result of flawed or incomplete thinking, not the absence of thinking.
This book is about rational thinking. The phrase is not a redundancy. Contrary to popular opinion, not all thinking is rational, at least as we would define rational. Rational thinking is the ability to consider the relevant variables of a situation and to access, organize, and analyze relevant information e.
Indeed, several authors have defined intelligence, at least in part, as the ability to solve problems.
For example, Sternberg writes: Successful intelligence as I view it involves analytical, creative, and practical aspects. The analytic aspect is used to solve problems, the creative aspect to decide what problems to solve, and the practical aspect to make solutions effective. Rational thinking helps us arrive at a conclusion to be able to do something i.
Rational Thinking as a Series of Steps Much of what we do in everyday life involves a process—a series of actionable, repeatable steps that can be performed to accomplish a desired goal.
For example, we have a process for baking a cake, writing an expository essay, and changing a tire. A process is a meaningful, repeatable series of steps that produces an outcome. Every process requires inputs to produce some output. To make delicious barbecued ribs outputwe need fresh meat, a tasty sauce, and other ingredients inputs.
We also need to ensure that the grilling process is good.
We can have the best-tasting sauce in the world, but if we let the ribs burn, we're not going to have tasty ribs. Let's now look at the rational-thinking process. In arriving at a conclusion, we must take a series of inputs and do something to them a process.
The Rational-Thinking Process The same logic that applies to the ribs applies to the rational-thinking process. A sound conclusion output requires high-quality inputs e. Focusing on the inputs is not enough to ensure success; we need to give equal attention to the process or what we do with the inputs—how we collect, organize, and analyze them.
Let's look at a specific situation where rational thinking applies.In many ways conversion rate optimization is really decision optimization.. If you are doing it right, you will constantly discover that what you thought mattered – actually doesn’t..
Optimization work and testing challenges everything you think you know about marketing and your users. Analytic Processes for School Leaders. by Cynthia T. Richetti and Benjamin B. Tregoe. Table of Contents.
Chapter 1. Rational Thinking as a Process. Solutions to significant problems facing modern society demand a widespread qualitative improvement in thinking and understanding. 1 Foreign Policy Analysis and Rational Choice Models Bruce Bueno de Mesquita New York University/Stanford University [email address] [word count].
benjaminpohle.com (GSO) is a free, public website providing information and resources necessary to help meet the educational needs of students.
The place to shop for software, hardware and services from IBM and our providers. Browse by technologies, business needs and services. Specific types of rational decision making models. Models have been described with six or seven steps, and there is even a 9 step decision model.. Bounded rational decision making models A decision maker is said to exhibit bounded rationality when they consider fewer options than are actually available, or when they choose an option that .