Critical Thinking

1 Day Course

Overview

The essence of critical thinking centres not on answering questions but on questioning answers, so it involves questioning, probing, analysing, evaluating.

For example: To understand a news item, try to give some context to the current event. For instance, if it is reported that a group of Sunnis today attacked a meeting of Shiites in Iraq, three things are needed to make full sense of the report.

First, explanation: what is the difference between Sunnis and Shiites and what proportion of the population do they constitute?

Second, history: what is the origin of the division of Sunnis and Shiites in the country and how has the power relationship altered in past years?

Third, anticipation: what does the attack mean for future developments such as the formation of a government or the conduct of an election?

Who will this course benefit?

This course is aimed for Managers or individuals who would like to improve on effective methods and techniques to critical thinking

Learning Objectives:

After this interactive course you will be able to:

  • Use different thought approaches at different times to yield better results
  • Generate innovative responses to business problems and opportunities
  • Assess your own thinking style preferences
  • Think in the present to prepare for the future
  • Determine the root cause of business problems and opportunities
  • Apply different types of thinking for improved analysis and problem solving
  • Assess possible responses accurately to select the optimal response

Course Outline/Modules

  • Introduction
  • Situation Appraisal – Clearing the Path
  • Problem Solving – The endless search for “why”
  • Some Critical Thinking Process Models
  • Taming Data Overload
  • Critical Thinking in Teams
  • Socrates and asking the right questions
  • Deployment – putting into play