Critical Thinking and Decision-Making

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Critical Thinking and Decision-Making The purpose of this paper is to explain critical thinking and decision-making by different examples, models, and show how it is used in everyday life. Everyone uses critical thinking and decision-making all the time, most of the time without recognition and involuntary and it starts from the time you wake up in the morning till you go to bed. There are three components for every decision made and they are: 1.Criteria- the standards by which decision makers evaluate alternatives. 2. Alternatives- specific courses of action or options, being considered "positions." 3. Cause and Effect Beliefs- cause/effect belief are cognitions linking specific alternatives to specific criteria. These are often referred to as models, theories, assumptions, beliefs, or alternative attributes (Scholl, 1999). The reason for exemplifying the structure of kitchen hierarchy is needed to understand how certain decisions can affect many areas and how critical thinking is needed and used by all involved in the restaurant business. The structure of a restaurant is very complex and it is any ones guess on how anything ever gets accomplished. If it were not for critical thinking and some sort of decision making model then nothing would get accomplished. In a kitchen there are many people organized into a military type hierarchy for good reason and the purpose of this is to explain the structure, operation, and importance of a hotel restaurant kitchen and its employees starting at the top from the Executive Chef down to the dishwashers and cooks. A chart showing this hierarchy follows. The Executive Chef and the Executive Steward are at the top of this pyramid and together they rule the kitchen and oversee its o... ... middle of paper ... was 18% that month usually on the average it is 24%. In this paper I have given many examples of critical thinking and decision-making in different situations by example, references, and an organizational chart. As I explained critical thinking and decision-making is used everyday by everyone at home and work. Some decisions are consistently made everyday and some decisions are made at the moment. One cannot put their shoes on before their socks. Without these traits it makes life difficult. References Bourdain A. (July, 2002) Management by fire: A conversation with Chef Anthony Bourdain Harvard Business review, 80, 7 Web. 25 Mar. 2015. Scholl, R. (October 2, 1999) Professor of Management, University of Rhode Island Web. 25 Mar. 2015.
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