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Common sense & reasoning : 

Common sense & reasoning By: Brittany Richeson

What is common sense? : 

What is common sense? Good judgment Interpersonal intelligence Emotional intelligence Intuition ( Weber, 2008)

What is common sense cont. : 

What is common sense cont. Its about being able to work things out without being told About noticing the situation from another person’s perspective Treating people the way you like to be treated Also could be defined as : “Behaving in a way that doesn’t appear to most people as irrational” “Being aware of your surroundings and the impact of your actions” (“Learn common sense”, 2008)

Interpersonal intelligence : 

Interpersonal intelligence Those who have strong interpersonal intelligence are good understanding and interacting with other people. These individuals are skilled at assessing the emotions, motivations, desires and intentions of those around them. People with interpersonal intelligence: Good at communicating verbally Skilled nonverbal communicators See situations from different perspectives Create positive relationships with others Good at resolving conflict in group (Wagner)

Emotional Intelligence : 

Emotional Intelligence Involves knowing and managing one’s emotions, empathizing with others, and maintaining satisfying relationships. An emotionally intelligent person successfully combines the three components of emotions (cognitive, physiological, and behavioral) (Huffman, 2010)  Being able to intuitively pick up on the feelings and emotions of those around you, and knowing the best way to use and express your own emotions and feelings, and being able to know what to say and do, or what not to say and do.

Can you learn common sense? : 

Can you learn common sense? Common sense can be taught, and engaged, and tracked as it grows. It is learned by those who rewire their brains for more. (Weber, 2008) Even the most inept individual can achieve common sense by giving a few extra seconds’ thought to ordinary tasks and interaction (Edmonds, & Coster, 2001)

Common sense: : 

Common sense: How can you learn it? Think before you speak- so that your words build better friendship and goodwill. Log your challenges for a day- and then list possible solutions you plan to try Improve personal tone at work- so that others see you speak calmly and learn humbly from those who differ Create space in your day to play- do hobbies, laugh, care, question from within your spiritual self Leapfrog over ruts in favor of taking risk for a finer place (Weber, 2008)

Is common sense present? : 

Is common sense present? 6 key areas that define whether or not common sense is judged to be present: Chronology – the order, manner and efficiency in which events are undertaken; particularly where one event is dependent on another Ergonomics – the degree to which the layout of items in a process permits a logical or easy progression through the sequence Necessity – the degree to which time, effort and money is spent on things that are needed Risk – how risks are assessed and managed Time – whether time is wasted for no apparent or good reason Consequence/Burden – where an action now creates more difficulty at a later time ( “Learn common sense,” 2008)

Common sense; not so common? : 

Common sense; not so common? Common sense is similar to common knowledge in that its the things that you learn in the growing up portion of your life, which ends the day you die You learn from experience, not book learning Everyone has a different history of how they learned something so one's personal common sense is different from someone else's Its best to learn from your mistakes and the mistakes of others.

How to use common sense in the business world : 

How to use common sense in the business world See the body language Listen well and learn to hear what is not said Smell out opportunities and smell the good from the bad Taste, or test and verify, even though it may seem obvious Feel passion and develop your gut feel (Wong)

Common sense in the business world cont. : 

Common sense in the business world cont. See the body language: at a business meeting, the person across the table may not show his true character or tell you his true opinion. If you observe his body language, you can get clues to his character, his opinions and feelings. These clues will help you better judge him and the situation. Listen well and learn to hear what is not said: listening to what is said is just as important as listening to what is not said. How can you do this? You can, if you have an expectation of what the person is supposed to say. If he does not say it, or says it in a different way, then you can draw certain conclusions (Wong)

Business world cont. : 

Business world cont. Smell out opportunities and smell the good from the bad: you can smell out opportunities that others miss and you can also smell out whether the opportunity is good or bad. How do you develop a nose for business? Experience, practice, practice makes perfect! Taste, or test and verify, even though it may seem obvious: you have to test important assumptions. Often we assume wrongly and jump to wrong conclusions. If we make the effort to ask questions to verify, we will not make such mistakes. Feel passion and develop your gut feel: You have heard very often that you must have passion to be successful in business. This is because you will encounter problems, you may start to lose confidence and you may then make wrong judgments. The business world, problems do not come so nicely packaged. Usually you have insufficient data. Even worse, the facts and figures may be vague or conflicting. You have to use gut feel to choose and make decisions. (Wong)

3 Questions : 

3 Questions 5 steps to learn common sense? 6 key areas that define whether or not common sense is judged to be present? 5 ways to use common sense in the business world?

Work Cited : 

Work Cited Besson, U. (2004). Some Features of causal reasoning: common sense and physics teaching. 22(1), Retrieved from doi: DOI: 10.1080/0263514042000187575 Burns, S.L. (2009). Doing justice and demonstrating fairness in small claims arbitration. 32(2), Retrieved from doi: DOI 10.1007/s10746-009-9112-6 Edmonds, B., & Coster, K. D. (2001, August 21). The state and Common sense: an oxymoron?. Retrieved from Huffman, K. (2010). Psychology in action. Danvers, MA: Copyright Clearance Center, Inc.. Wagner, K.V. (n.d.). Garner's theory of multiple intelligence. Retrieved from Weber, E. (2008, December 7). Where's your common sense?. Retrieved from Wong, L.H. (n.d.). Nanyang polytechnic school of business management . Retrieved from (2008). Learn common sense. Retrieved from

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