Step 1: Prepare to Think CriticallyIn this first step, you will prepare to respond to your boss?s request for an analysis of a problem in your organization. You realize that this will require careful thinking. So, you take some time to review the process and to engage inÿCritical Thinking and Analysis.When you have completed the critical thinking exercises, you will move on to the next step: identifying the problem.Step 2: Identify the ProblemNow that you?re prepared to think critically, it?s time to analyze the situation. Remember the direction from your CEO is toÿanalyze the situationÿand advise on the two lawsuits.Suggested area to focus on is to determine if a conflict of interest would exist in handling the two cases that might be related, and advise how to proceed.Outline the points that you want to make in the first two sections of your paper (introduction, explanation) and draft those sections.Next, it?s time to analyze the information.Step 3: Analyze the InformationNow that you have some understanding of the nature of the breach and the parties involved, it?s time to gather and analyze information. TheÿProblem Analysisÿresources will further aid your analysis and development of the third section of your paper.Outline the points that you want to make inÿSection 3: Analysis of the Informationÿof your paper, and draft that section.In the following step, you will consider other viewpoints, conclusions, and solutions.Step 4: Consider and Analyze Other Viewpoints, Conclusions, and SolutionsOnce you have completed your analysis of the incident, the next step is to analyze alternative viewpoints, conclusions, and solutions. To do this you will need to applyÿEthical Decision-Making and Reasoning. Also highly recommended, Randolph Pherson’s “The Five Habits of the Master Thinker,” a paper written for intelligence analysts, but applicable to all analytical thinking and reasoning.Outline the points that you want to make inÿSection 4: Analysis of Alternative Viewpoints, Conclusions, or Solutionsÿof your paper, and draft that section.When you are finished, move to the next step, which involves developing conclusions.Step 5: Develop Well-Reasoned ConclusionsYou considered alternative viewpoints in the last step. Now you?re ready to develop your personal conclusions and suggest remedies so that your boss is well-equipped to brief her leadership about the situation.Remember, you may need to consult outside references but this is not a research paper. It is more investigative in nature about the facts of the case. Please cite outside sources carefully.Now, outline your argument and draftÿSection 5: Conclusions and Recommendations, the final sections. Your boss is expecting to receive a concise, focused paper to prepare her for further meetings. Stay to the main points, although you may have more facts to answer any questions. You will submit your paper in the final step.When you submit your project, your work will be evaluated using the competencies listed below. You can use the list below to self-check your work before submission.1.1: Organize document or presentation clearly in a manner that promotes understanding and meets the requirements of the assignment.1.2: Develop coherent paragraphs or points so that each is internally unified and so that each functions as part of the whole document or presentation.1.3: Provide sufficient, correctly cited support that substantiates the writer?s ideas.1.4: Tailor communications to the audience.1.5: Use sentence structure appropriate to the task, message and audience.1.6: Follow conventions of Standard Written English.2.1: Identify and clearly explain the issue, question, or problem under critical consideration.2.2: Locate and access sufficient information to investigate the issue or problem.2.4: Consider and analyze information in context to the issue or problem.2.5: Develop well-reasoned ideas, conclusions or decisions, checking them against relevant criteria and benchmarks.

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