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Critical Thinking Skills for Today’s’ Problem Solvers

To foster decision making, creativity and innovation, it is essential to be a critical thinker. Critical thinkers are clear as to the purpose at hand and the questions at issue. They question information, conclusions and points of view. They strive to be clear, precise and relevant. They seek to think beneath the surface, to be logical and fair. This course provides a practical framework for understanding critical thinking and provides strategies for developing critical thinking in all business and technical arenas..

Duration: Classroom - 2 Days
Why to Take This Course: To foster decision making, creativity and innovation, it is essential to be a critical thinker. Critical thinkers are clear as to the purpose at hand and the questions at issue. They question information, conclusions and points of view. They strive to be clear, precise and relevant. They seek to think beneath the surface, to be logical and fair. This course provides a practical framework for understanding critical thinking and provides strategies for developing critical thinking in all business and technical arenas.
Learn How To:

The course will help you practically learn on the following areas:

  • Describe the purpose and benefits of Critical Thinking
  • Understand the problem of egocentric (Irrational) thinking
  • Describe the components of intellectual standards for evaluating reasoning
  • Understand and practice Socratic questioning
  • Discover the three key functions of the mind
Contents:
  • Why Critical Thinking?
    • Definitions
    • Benefits of Critical Thinking
    • Three Functions of the Mind
    • Provide self-assessment
    • Barriers to critical thinking
    • Emotional Intelligence and Critical Thinking
  • Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Three Main Kinds of Thinkers
  • Critical thinking competencies
  • Criteria for Evaluating Reasoning: Using and Applying Intellectual Standards
  • Engineering Reasoning using intellectual standards
  • The Eight Elements of Reasoning
  • Exercise
  • How to Foster Critical Thinking in Others
  • The Art of Socratic Questioning
  • Paradigm Shift: Appreciative Inquiry
  • Creating Innovation
  • Exercise
Format: To help assimilate the tools and techniques learned, there is a mixture of individual and group exercises throughout the course. Students need to be prepared for a high level of participation. Each participant receives a comprehensive student guide complete with examples and workshop solutions.
Who Should Attend: Business analysts, project managers, managers, leaders, consultants and anyone who needs the skills to understand the essence of critical thinking concepts.
Prerequisites: None.
Knowledge Area:

BABOK®

PMBOK®

Requirements Elicitation
Enterprise Analysis
Requirements Analysis
Solution Assessment and Validation
Underlying Competencies

Project Human Resource Management
Project Integration Management
Project Time Management
Project Scope Management
Project Quality Management
Project Communication Management
Project Cost Management
Project Risk Management
Project Procurement Management
Project Stakeholder Management

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