Advanced Critical Thinking and Problem Solving (Three Weeks)

Can be taken anytime
Course Type
Professional Training Course
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Course Overview

In just about any industry or any role we are almost constantly involved in solving problems. We make progress by constantly searching for better solutions. Each of us is different and therefore thinks in different ways. By better understanding how we and others prefer to think we can make better decisions and find solutions which work for the organisation as whole. In this workshop you will develop the skills to distinguish between relevant and irrelevant information. You willpractice solving problems in groups using a variety of established techniques. You will learn good brainstorming techniques as well ashow to improve your relationships at work by adapting your preferred thinking style to that of others and in so doing producing creative and highly effective solutions.

Who should take this course

Team leaders Managers Section/department heads Project managers Facilitators Consultants Anyone who wishes to improve their critical thinking and problem solving skills



Course content

Module 1 - Introduction to critical thinking and problem solving. Balancing people processes and principles for optimal decisions. Business drivers that demand creative problem solving. Deciphering critical thinking. The Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI).

Module 2 - Personal Thinking Styles. Assessing your preferred approach to thinking. Identifying left/right-brain dominance. Identifying your own natural brain dominance. Determining non-dominant approaches. Managing thinking preferences. Avoiding quadrant bias Bridging opposing styles Leveraging whole-brain thinking. Predicting co-worker profiles.

Module 3 - Unleashing Your Creativity and Solving Problems Using Analysis and Prioritization. The creative environment. Setting the creative stage. The power of positive communication. Identifying elements that stimulate creativity. Eliminating barriers to innovation. Group creative thinking Brainstorming options. Challenging assumptions Dispelling personal and corporate myths Six hats (de Bono). The iterative mind. Moving between quadrants. Valuing non-dominant preferences. Stretching outside your personal style. Recording the creative process. Mind mapping Charts.

Module 4 - Systematic approaches to problem solving. The DECIDE Model Define the problem Establish Criteria. Focusing on outcomes. Leveraging blue thinkers. Consider possible solutions. Brainstorming Leveraging yellow thinkers. Identify best solution. Identifying business-critical ideas. Categorizing prioritizing and purging. Analyzing for outcomes not solutions. Develop and implement plan of action. Overcoming "It won't work here" and "But we've always done it this way" mentality. Leveraging green and red thinkers. Evaluate and monitor the solution. Situation assessment. Problem evaluation.

Module 5 - Translating Creativity and Analysis into Practical Application. Organizational politics. Recognizing the workplace culture. Maintaining outcome-focused goals. The influence of decision-making styles. Recognizing your own blind spots. Self-awareness and self-regulation. Forming a coalition with style opposites. Deploying your decision. Clearly expressing analysis results. Ensuring organisational benefit. Securing maximum buy-in.

Module 6 - Putting It All Together. Integrating your solution into the business. Creating a whole-brain presentation. Strengthening your non-dominant position. Adjusting communication to thinking styles. Transforming confrontation into communication.

Module 7 - Continuing your development. Conducting self-checks. Being persistent.

Module 8 - Your Personal Decision-Making Toolkit. Your personal thinking style. Your stakeholders' styles. Flexing to colleagues' styles. Committing to your Personal Action. Plan Checklists for success.

About Course Provider

London Training for Excellence offer a wide range of training courses in London for organisations and individuals who wish to advance their skills and knowledge in the business world. With a great training centre in London, London TFE have everything that is needed to understand the basic needs of a business. Each course focuses on the ‘real-life’ issues a business could face and how to tackle them with ease.

London TFE have a team of enthusiastic leaders and instructors who share a passion for education and want to deliver that same passion to every individual who wish to take a business to succession. Each training courses London encourages individual to aim high and reach their full potential.