Critical Thinking for Problem Solving
In today’s society, breadth and depth of information at our disposal can be overwhelming. This poses a problem for you and me. How do we know what to believe and how do we separate the truths from the myths so that we can tackle our problems effectively? Will Type A people be able to solve problems more effectively if they see the world as black and white, uninformed, indifferent, rigid and close minded? Or will Type B people be better off if they are aware of the shades of grey, informed, naturally curious, assertive, flexible and open minded? In your opinion, is the Type A or Type B personality more likely to be engaging in critical thinking for problem solving?
Critical thinking skills are essential in the modern workplace. Employees who are independent and proactive in their demonstration of critical thinking ability when they approach workplace problems are much more valued than others. Hence, we should aspire to improve our critical thinking to become more effective and efficient individuals at work.
What You Will Learn
In our 1-day ‘Critical Thinking for Problem Solving’ workshop, participants will learn how to appropriately define critical thinking so that they can identify their own critical thinking style(s). Learners will also be introduced to a variety of thinking styles such as left brain and right brain thinking, whole brain thinking and creative thinking methods.
This is followed by a deep dive into the cognitive processes involved in critical thinking, where learners will be guided to identify the issues and arguments, while taking the context and credibility of information sources into consideration as they evaluate various problem statements. Finally, learners will learn how to present and communicate their arguments and ideas in a logical and compelling manner to be persuasive and convincing.
Course Objectives – Critical Thinking for Problem Solving
By the end of the course, you would be able to:
- Define critical and non-critical thinking
- Identify your critical thinking style(s), including your strengths and areas for improvement
- Describe other thinking styles, including left/right brain thinking and whole-brain thinking
- Use analytical thought systems and creative thinking techniques
- Apply the critical thinking process to construct and analyze arguments
- Prepare and present powerful arguments
Participants can consider taking up the Be Kiasu, Be Creative and Effective in Problem Solving course to further develop their problem solving skills.