There are three types of logic:
1) Deductive logic – People who use deductive thinking move from generalities into specificity. They take a big idea and deduce it down to something they can test and apply. Leaders may use deductive logic when they take something large, like an organization’s mission statement or a competency model, and create examples of how employees make that mission come alive or deliver on that competency based on a role.
2) Inductive logic – This is the opposite. Individuals who use this type of logic start with something specific and then move to generalized thinking. It’s about noticing something, looking for patterns and then connecting it back to a theory or larger model. Performance appraisals and employee evaluations are good examples of this.
3) Abductive logic – This is when you take your best shot. You act with incomplete information and just go with it. You use insight, creativity, imagination and your intuition to go with a decision that is “good enough”. It’s about letting something emerge after you’ve acted versus waiting until you first have all the information. It can’t always be measured or defended but it’s a form of logic!
Where are you holding back from using your abductive logic?