What is Transformative Critical Thinking?

Rais Busom
3 min readDec 20, 2021

Don’t follow the North, learn to think like a Guru and build your own destiny compass.

Henry Ford said in an interview with Fay Leone: “Thinking is the hardest job. Perhaps this is the reason why there are so few people who practice it ”. There is no leadership without tough thought.

According to the Payscale Workforce-Skills Preparedness Report study of 2016, up to 60% of new employees have a lack of critical thinking skills and however according to The Jobs Reset Summit of The World Economic Forum today critical thinking it’s the fourth most demanded skills by companies.

Learning critical thinking is evolving from spontaneous thinking to effective thinking based on a methodology, capable of anticipating problems through constant doubt and deconstructive criticism. That’s a necessary task both on a personal and professional level. At the organizational level, we have already seen it how companies need people capable of analyzing and solving problems and specifically people with their own criteria. On a personal level, it’s also evident that in the fake news times and mental manipulation through social networks era, it’s really urgent to improve our capacity of reasoning and decision-making based on critical thinking.

Our proposal for transformative critical thinking goes one step further beyond standard critical thinking. Not only wants to anticipating problems, it wants to make us a guru, a masters of our free will. Transformative critical thinking is based on the 10 Forces System which goes far beyond the approach of reskilling and upskilling people in logical reasoning as claimed by the tradition that emerged from John Dewey.

The System of the 10 forces of Transformative Critical Thinking that is detailed in my Spanish book Aprende a pensar como un gurú (you can buy it at LID Editorial or Amazon), describes a journey of personal, professional and even organizational transformation where is involved cognitive intelligence as well as emotional intelligence in three phases.

The first phase is where the so-called critical path is traced through Force 1, Reflection and Force 2, Entrepreneurship. Here we define the origin and destination of the transformation journey to…



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