Analytical thinking is a critical component of visual thinking that gives one the ability to solve problems quickly and effectively. It involves a methodical step-by-step approach to thinking that allows you to break down complex problems into single and manageable components.
Analytical thinking involves the process of gathering relevant information and identifying key issues related to this information. This type of thinking also requires you to compare sets of data from different sources; identify possible cause and effect patterns, and draw appropriate conclusions from these datasets in order to arrive at appropriate solutions.
Analytical thinking can be broken down into three main steps:
Here you must gather all the necessary information that will be required to help you solve your problems. You also need to recognize whether you need to obtain more or higher quality information in order to collect all the relevant data you will need to arrive at an appropriate solution.
Gathering information requires that you ask appropriate questions of yourself and of others in order to gain the necessary insights that will enable you to make more effective decisions about the problems you are facing. However, you also need to consider the relevance of your sources and the means by which you will gather this information.
Identify Issues and Problems
When it comes to analytical thinking, it’s important to develop your ability to recognize underlying issues or problems based on trends, associations and cause-effect relationships between datasets.
Once all relevant information has been collected successfully, you must now organize and integrate all the pieces in a way that will provide you with insights and ideas that can be used to draw appropriate conclusions. This in turn will lay down the foundations for potential solutions to the problem or problems you are facing.
Analytical Thinking and Visual Thinking
Analytical thinking is very much integrated into the visual thinking framework, and especially into The Path. It’s a part of the problem solving process you will utilize as you work visually towards acquiring the necessary insights that will help you achieve your goals and objectives.
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