Critical Thinking

Length: 1 day

Description: Solving problems. Evaluating options. Choosing direction. You need to be adept at critical thinking every day on the job. Learn how to tell the difference between effective and ineffective methods of thought. When you can show that your decisions are based on sound reasoning, you give yourself an unbeatable advantage as a leader or a rising star.

Table Of Contents:
Part 1: Understanding Critical vs. Noncritical Thinking
The Case for Critical Thinking
Recognize Deceptive Reasoning
Detect Emotional Manipulation
Styles of Noncritical Thinking
Critical Thinking Styles
Become a Critical Thinker
Part Summary

Part 2: Recognizing and Evaluating Arguments
Define Arguments
Step 1: Pinpoint Issues
Step 2: Identify Arguments
Step 3: Seek Clarity
Step 4: Understand Context
Step 5: Find Credibility
Step 6: Look for Consistency
Step 7: Judge Arguments
Present Ideas Powerfully
Part Summary

Part 3: Developing and Evaluating Explanations
Explanations vs. Arguments
Formulate Explanations
Element 1: Gather Information
Element 2: Process Information
Element 3: Develop Hypotheses
Element 4: Test Hypotheses
Ask Discovery Questions
Challenge Assumptions
Part Summary