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A critical skill for leaders is the ability to figure out what kind of thinking is necessary to address a given challenge.
The wrong kind of thinking about a problem happens all the time because different types of effort require different types of knowledge. For example, you may analyze scientific data when a values-informed judgment call is needed, or you'll trust your instincts where a data analysis would expose your faulty thinking.
Aristotle outlined distinct types of knowledge required to solve problems in three realms.
Aristotle outlined these three kinds of knowledge because they require different styles of thinking. If you have a phronetic problem to solve, don't use an epistemic thinker.
Most leaders haven't thought much about the realms of knowledge and what problems they can solve. If you're a leader of a large corporation with challenges in all three of these realms, it's a big part of your job to ensure the right kinds of thinking are used and in which situation it is required.
That means you should be able to recognize which mode of thinking is the best fit for a given problem, and which people are able to best deal with it.
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