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Campus to Corporate, Part 5: Ask the right questions to develop critical thinking

Partha Sarathi Basu
Posted on 04 Mar 2022
11:02 AM
Corporate success depends on your ability to ask the right questions. Shutterstock
Summary
Success may not depend on your knowing the right answer; great value is often attached to your ability to ask the right question
You need to nurture a curious mind to explore new possibilities through logical and powerful questioning

In my last column, we spoke about how we can embrace a critical thinking mindset. We concluded that a critical thinking mindset will help you look beyond the usual and evaluate possibilities, and it’s a trait that prepares you to think critically and question even when somethings seem obvious.

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Today, as a tool to develop a critical thinking mindset, we will look at how we can develop the habit of asking the right questions. 

Many a time, success in the corporate world does not depend on knowing the right answer but on how we ask the right questions to explore the right answer. In life, we have often been appreciated when we knew the right answer. 

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Here are a few tips that may help you to reset your thinking. Evaluate your situation and pick whatever you find useful in your context. 

 

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To sum up, it is not just about knowing the right answer, it is also about nurturing a curious mind to explore new possibilities through logical and powerful questioning. 

 

As Albert Einstein said: “The important thing is not to stop questioning.”

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Partha Sarathi Basu has worked in leadership positions at Coca-Cola, Whirlpool, IFB group, Tata group, Spicejet and AkzoNobel. He is currently associated with a leading consulting firm apart from being a leadership coach. He is the author of five books based on his corporate and life experiences. A die-hard Calcuttan, he now lives in Amsterdam. 

 

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Last updated on 04 Mar 2022
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