Thinking Skills Courses Directory
The Benefits of Learning Stronger Creative and Critical Thinking Skills
People and organizations thrive on innovative ideas, fresh perspectives, and new answers to old problems.
Critical thinking courses can help ensure teams are defining problems correctly and avoiding faulty thinking. Innovation and creativity workshops can teach people to see problems differently and craft viable solutions to workplace challenges.
If your organization could benefit from learning some new tools, one of our instructor-led training offerings may be the answer.
About Our Creativity, Critical Thinking, and Problem-Solving Programs
Our courses explore a range of planning, problem-solving, and decision-making skills. These workshops are designed to help teams develop their ability to see information through a range of lenses and methodically approach data.
The programs outline various creativity and ideation techniques, provide an overview of the process of critical thinking and its value, offer practice with problem-solving methodologies, explore innovation and decision making, and provide a forum and process for crafting a strategic plan.
Our Workshop Facilitators
The members of our team who facilitate this suite of workshops are practiced at leading groups through the tools each program offers. These workshop leaders are flexible and able to adjust the agenda as needed depending on the level of mastery the group achieves using each tool.
Our Interactive Approach to Training
We firmly believe in learning by doing, and we know the best way to master new techniques tools is to practice them. For that reason, our workshops are activities based and hands on. During our sessions, participants can expect to solve a range of workplace problems as they practice new methods of generating ideas, defining problems, evaluating options, and making decisions.
Critical Thinking, Creativity, and Decision-Making Course Overviews
To explore our existing onsite training options, review the short descriptions found on this page. For more detailed information, click on the course titles to read the full workshop outlines.
We can conduct our workshops as described in the course overviews, tailor them to address specific issues, or fully customize content to meet your business needs.
Please get in touch, and we can schedule some time to learn more about your organization, what’s important to you, and your goals and objectives for training. We look forward to hearing from you.
Note: When evaluating the available programs, you’ll notice we offer some courses in multiple lengths. The primary difference between the shorter and longer options is the depth to which we explore the concepts and the number of exercises and activities we choose for your program.
- H – Half-Day Onsite Training Course
- F – Full-Day Onsite Training Course
- M – Multi-Day Onsite Training Course
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.
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.
At its most basic, critical thinking is about asking the right questions, evaluating information methodically, and avoiding errors in logic. This course offers an introduction to the fundamental skills anyone with responsibility for decision making should understand and be able to apply. The workshop looks at the process of critical thinking, reasoning skills and the questions associated with gathering good data, arguments frequently used to mislead or short circuit rational decision making, fallacies, and the role of language in defining problems, presenting evidence, and navigating ambiguity, vagueness, and “spin”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Smarter Service: Leveraging Critical Thinking, Creativity, and Problem Solving for a Better Customer Experience
“We offered yet another service our customers didn’t want.” “We treat all of our customer groups the same, is it any wonder our VIP program can’t get off the ground?” “Our people must be seeing the world through some strange filter because they make decisions that seem better suited for an alternate universe. They’re smart too. I don’t get it.” If any of that sounds familiar, this course can help. The program is designed to help anyone who affects the customer service experience to improve their critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity. This workshop focuses on defining problems correctly, recognizing biases, stating assumptions, applying a range of ideation techniques, and appreciating the differences in ways people think.
Onsite Training Course Reminders
Our instructor-led training courses are available to private groups. These workshops are not offered in a public seminar format. Please contact us to speak with a facilitator about your needs and bringing training to your organization.
We offer training in the District of Columbia and the following US states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
We also travel to Africa, Australia and New Zealand, Asia, Canada, Central America, Continental Europe, the Middle East, and the United Kingdom.
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