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Critical Thinking

Duration: 1 day
Course Price: $450

Employees who can analyze and reason consistently are an invaluable resource for any business. Applied critical thinking skills provide an essential foundation for all effective planning, problem-solving, and decision-making activities. Critical thinkers have a competitive advantage because they are skeptical of quick fixes and operational dogma. They generate productive ideas and are intellectually competent at forging new directions.

Outline

  • Learn About Critical Thinking and How to Activate it With Inquiry
    • Move from Reacting to Responding with the 12 Questions for Critical Thinkers
    • Understand the 5 Attributes of Critical Thinkers and Identify Areas to Improve
  • Explore the Impact of Bias on Decision-Making
    • Use the Ladder of Inference to Examine and Question Your Assumptions and Biases and Make Better Decisions
  • Decision-Making and Strategic Problem-Solving Tools
    • Understand the 6 Different Styles of Critical Thinking and Use Them to Make Better Individual and Group Decisions
    • Learn and Practice an Anonymous Decision-Making Tool to Foster New Ideas and Expedite the Decision-Making Process for Teams
    • Apply the Productive Thinking Model to Solve Problems or Generate Creative Ideas
    • SWOT and SOAR Analysis
  • Solve Problems and Make Decisions Using a Stream-of-Consciousness Tool to Capture Your Best Ideas and Puts Them to Work
  • Create an Action Plan

Solve Problems and Make Decisions Using a Stream-of-Consciousness Tool to Capture Your Best Ideas and Puts Them to Work

Create an Action Plan

Target Audience

This course will benefit business professionals at all levels who want to improve their critical thinking skills through researched tools and assessments.

Employees who can analyze and reason consistently are an invaluable resource for any business. Applied critical thinking skills provide an essential foundation for all effective planning, problem-solving, and decision-making activities. Critical thinkers have a competitive advantage because they are skeptical of quick fixes and operational dogma. They generate productive ideas and are intellectually competent at forging new directions.

Outline

  • Learn About Critical Thinking and How to Activate it With Inquiry
    • Move from Reacting to Responding with the 12 Questions for Critical Thinkers
    • Understand the 5 Attributes of Critical Thinkers and Identify Areas to Improve
  • Explore the Impact of Bias on Decision-Making
    • Use the Ladder of Inference to Examine and Question Your Assumptions and Biases and Make Better Decisions
  • Decision-Making and Strategic Problem-Solving Tools
    • Understand the 6 Different Styles of Critical Thinking and Use Them to Make Better Individual and Group Decisions
    • Learn and Practice an Anonymous Decision-Making Tool to Foster New Ideas and Expedite the Decision-Making Process for Teams
    • Apply the Productive Thinking Model to Solve Problems or Generate Creative Ideas
    • SWOT and SOAR Analysis
  • Solve Problems and Make Decisions Using a Stream-of-Consciousness Tool to Capture Your Best Ideas and Puts Them to Work
  • Create an Action Plan

Solve Problems and Make Decisions Using a Stream-of-Consciousness Tool to Capture Your Best Ideas and Puts Them to Work

Create an Action Plan

Target Audience

This course will benefit business professionals at all levels who want to improve their critical thinking skills through researched tools and assessments.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites for this course.

What You Will Cover

Asking the Right Questions

  • Defining Critical Thinking
  • Learning the 12 questions critical thinkers employ to come to fair and reasonable conclusions
  • Understand the 5 attributes of critical thinkers and develop a strategy to enhance your critical thinking skills

Making the Thought Process Visible

  • Employ a 2 step process to understand your own mental models
  • Develop a plan to remove mental models so you can think critically
  • Use a researched model called the Ladder of Inference to make better decisions

Decision Making & Strategic Problem Solving Tools

  • Understand 6 different styles of critical thinking and use them to make better individual and group decisions
  • Learn and practice an anonymous group decision-making tool that will foster new ideas and expedite the decision-making process for groups
  • Apply the Productive Thinking Model to solve problems or generate creative ideas
  • Audit your organization or department and respective environment using both SWOT and SOAR analysis
  • Solve problems and make decisions using a stream of consciousness tool that captures your best ideas and puts them to work for you and your organization
  • Navigate the best practices to turn brainstorming into action and execution

Developing an Action Plan

  • Plan for your next big decision or problem to solve by applying the tools and concepts from this class
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