Reflective Urgency: Critical Thinking AND Acting Quickly

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Anneke Zwart, Student (University), Netherlands
The best way to respond depends on the situation. Responding (too) quickly to particular situations bears the risk of overseeing important information that could generate collateral damage(s) throughout the process. Responding (too) slowly diminishes the above mentioned risk. However, in this case you might miss opportunities that need a quick reaction or you might get caught flat-footed. The concept of ‘reflective urgency’ refers to the ability to consciously but rapidly reflect to the situation, combining reacting quickly with thinking critically. Sostrin (2017) developed three different strategies that help you to practice reflective urgency:
  1. IDENTIFY YOUR URGENCY TRAPS: first of all, you need to identify the things that make you act – often unconsciously - in a counterproductive way when you’re under pressure. Common traps include: - while you actually are working on something that needs full attention. - Saying yes to new projects that will costs so much of en (...) Read more? Sign up for free

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