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Critical Thinking, Creativity, and Decision-Making Training Course Directory

critical thinking course

People and organizations thrive on innovative ideas and new answers to old problems. 

To be successful, not only must these approaches be fresh, they must also be sound.  But all too often, something breaks down between the genesis of an idea and its winning execution.

Our creativity, critical-thinking, decision-making, problem-solving, and strategic planning courses are designed to help people learn to frame problems, develop solutions, test and validate those solutions, and sell new ideas to others.

So whether you have a group trying to come up with new concepts or a group stuck in a rut, our workshops and seminars can jump start people’s thinking and inspire them to push the envelope and generate fresh and well thought out approaches to problems.

All of our onsite programs can be taught as described in the course overviews, tailored to address specific issues within your organization, or fully customized to meet your business needs.

In partnership with out online course provider, we also offer several online programs on creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.  These programs are self-paced courses and available for individual purchase.

COURSE CATALOG AT A GLANCE

To review course overviews for our existing training programs, click on the links to the right.  Alternatively, review the short descriptions found on this page. 

If you don’t see exactly what you are looking for, contact us to discuss program tailoring or fully customized content.

Format Key

B – Conference Breakout Session or Lunch Program
H – Half-Day Training Course
F – Full-Day Training Course
M – Multi-Day Training Course
W – Webinar
W2 – Mult-Session Webinar
O – Self-Paced Online Course   
 

CREATIVITY AND CRITICAL THINKING COURSES

Juiced: How to Get Creative and Stay That Way

B

H

F

 

W

 

Ah Ha! Learning to Think Critically and Creatively: Techniques for Sparking Ideas, Solving Problems, and Rethinking the Status Quo

 

 

F

M

   

This, That, What Is It?: Defining Problems and Making Decisions

   

F

     

Collaborative Thinking: Driving Teams toward Better Results

   

F

M

   

Innovative Thinking: Team Creativity and Problem Solving

   

F

M

   

The Better Business Workshop: Strategic Planning and Scenario Planning

   

F

M

   

Personal Creativity (Partner Course)

         

O

Introduction to Critical Thinking (Partner Course)

         

O

Innovation in Teams and Organizations (Partner Course)

         

O

Creativity in Teams and Organizations (Partner Course)

         

O

SHORT COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Juiced: How to Get Creative and Stay That Way

Some people are born with a flair for thinking creatively. Their ideas come quickly and are often innovative and clever one-of-a-kind thoughts. How do they do it? A lifetime of practice and a willingness to take risks and see differently. This creative thinking course introduces a range of creativity tools and techniques. During this workshop, participants will learn how to step out of their comfort zone, map problems, manage the creative process, and experiment with a variety of ideation and evaluation exercises. Throughout the session, participants will have opportunities to work alone, in small groups, and as a larger team.

Ah Ha! Learning to Think Critically and Creatively: Techniques for Sparking Ideas, Solving Problems, and Rethinking the Status Quo

This interactive critical-thinking course explores creative and critical thinking and exposes participants to multiple ideation techniques. By the conclusion of this workshop, participants should be able to isolate problems, recognize the difference between left and right-brain thinking, demonstrate the Osborn- Parnes principle, apply a variety of creative thinking techniques to business problems, and list strategies for generating buy-in and selling ideas to others.

This, That, What Is It?: Defining Problems and Making Decisions

Even in the best of circumstances, some choices aren’t easy to make. This decision-making course explores the ins and outs of making decisions and tools for methodically approaching problems and weighing options. The workshop covers the essential skills people need to make a range of decisions. During the program, participants will explore methods for confirming problems, evaluating options, and avoiding common pitfalls many people experience when faced with complex problems.

Collaborative Thinking: Driving Teams toward Better Results

A culture of collaboration usually results in engaged employees who produce strong results for the organization. This interactive workshop for teams focuses on the skills needed to encourage collaborative behaviors. The program assesses the group’s current level of collaboration, and it addresses the eight environmental conditions that typically exist in organizations where collaboration is routinely practiced. Additionally, the course looks at how collaborative teams relate to such topics as trust, change, self-awareness, authority, decision making, communication, role definition, rewards, and reflection. This workshop is available as a one-day offering or a multi-day program. The main difference between the two options is the depth to which we explore topics and the time devoted to exercises and activities.

Innovative Thinking: Team Creativity and Problem Solving

In today’s world, if you stand still, you fall behind. Innovation is no longer a “nice to do,” It’s an essential part of staying relevant. This innovative thinking course challenges participants to question the status quo, consider their world from a variety of views, look for root causes, practice a range of ideation techniques, and evaluate solutions to problems, new product ideas, and other innovations. Depending on the needs of the group and the time available, this course can be taught as a one-day program or conducted in a multi-day format.

The Better Business Workshop: Strategic Planning and Scenario Planning 

When done well, strategic planning helps a team decide a course of action that aligns with the organization’s mission, vision, and values. This strategic planning workshop covers the essential steps of strategic planning: assessing the current environment, confirming a direction, establishing a line of sight between strategy and daily work, selecting measures, identifying quick wins, establishing short-term goals, developing long-term objectives, and promoting conditions that ensure successful execution of a plan. This program is offered in both single-day and multi-day formats. The recommended option will depend on the condition of the group’s current plan and the team’s goals and objectives for the program.

Personal Creativity (Partner Course) 

This online program explores several methods for generating ideas.  From random input and mind mapping to SCAMPER and DO IT, by the conclusion of this online course, participants should be able to tap into their personal creativity and apply new solutions to organizational challenges.

Introduction to Critical Thinking (Partner Course)

For people wishing to improve their critical thinking skills, this course introduces the process.  After completing this online program, participants should have an understanding of thinking critically, reasoning, and logic.  They should also have a firm grasp of the problem-solving process.

Innovation in Teams and Organizations (Partner Course) 

Innovation is more than just brainstorming combined with a little luck.  Most often, a sustainable invention is the product of careful and methodical planning. This online program explores the academic theory behind innovation and the process of moving from idea to viable product or service.  By the conclusion of this self-paced course, participants should have a solid organization of how innovation works in teams and organizations.

Creativity in Teams and Organizations (Partner Course) 

Do you want your team to be more creative, but you’re just not sure how to make that happen?  If you answered “yes,” this course may be for you.  This self-paced online program looks at the factors that influence a team’s ability to be creative and provides tools for generating ideas in a collective setting.  By the end of the program, participants should have several ideas to improve team creativity they can put in place back on the job.
 
 

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