Critical Thinking and Creative Problem Solving Training

Level: Foundation
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Successful organizations rely on critical thinkers and creative thought leaders who can generate inventive solutions to everyday problems. In this Critical Thinking and Creative Problem Solving training course, you gain the knowledge and skills needed to leverage left- and right-brain thinking, analyze problems, spur creativity, and implement innovative ideas in a practical way for your workplace.

Key Features of this Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Training:

  • After-course instructor coaching benefit
  • Learning Tree end-of-course exam included

You Will Learn How To:

  • Make better decisions through critical thinking and creative problem solving
  • Develop your personal creativity
  • Select the best decision given the specific situation
  • Apply processes to assess work issues and problems
  • Transform your creativity into practical business solutions

Certifications/Credits:

CPE 17 Credits PMI 17 PDU

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Important Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Course Information

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Course Outline

  • Critical Thinking and Creative Problem Solving Essentials

    • Recognizing business reasons for creative problem solving in the workplace
    • Defining creativity vs. innovation
    • Exploring the thinking process
    • Pinpointing problems and their outcomes
    • Applying outcome-based thinking
  • Leveraging Personal Thinking Styles

    Analyzing personal preferences

    • Dominance drives behavior
    • Identifying your own natural brain dominance
    • Triune Brain Theory

    Assessing your preferred approach to thinking

    • Enhancing whole-brain thinking
    • Leveraging left- and right-brain dominance
    • Recognizing strengths and opportunities

    Identifying thinking preferences

    • Recognizing others' preferred thinking styles
    • Adapting to others' thinking styles
    • Flexing to opposing styles
  • Unleashing Your Creativity

    The creative environment

    • Exploring your own creativity
    • Utilizing tools and techniques to become more creative
    • Identifying elements that stimulate creativity
    • Eliminating barriers to innovation

    Group creative thinking

    • Brainstorming options
    • Challenging assumptions
    • Five Monkeys Syndrome
    • Avoiding groupthink

    The iterative mind

    • Unscrambling the iterative mind
    • Moving between the left and right brain
    • Valuing non-dominant preferences
    • Stretching outside your personal style
    • Deploying divergent and convergent thinking
  • Solving Problems Using Analysis and Prioritization Tools

    Applying analysis models

    • Dissecting the situation
    • Decision analysis
    • Setting priorities for taking action
    • Evaluating problems (people, process and technology)

    Systematic approaches to problem solving

    • Methods of analysis
    • Collecting data and information
    • Defining boundaries and constraints
    • Deconstructing problems using stair-step techniques

    Decision analysis

    • Choosing among alternatives
    • Establishing objectives
    • Assigning weight to objectives in order to make the best decision
    • Creating a satisfaction scale to choose between alternatives
  • Translating Creativity and Analysis into Practical Application

    Identifying problems

    • Determining the deviation and gap
    • Testing probable causes

    Avoiding analysis paralysis

    • Overcoming the "It won't work here" mentality
    • Analyzing for outcomes, not solutions

    Deploying your decision

    • Clearly expressing analysis results
    • Ensuring organizational benefit
    • Guaranteeing maximum buy-in
  • Putting It All Together

    Integrating your solution into the business

    • Constructing a blueprint for your action plan
    • Reinforcing your newly developed creative thinking skills

    Your personal development toolkit

    • Educating others with creative tools
    • Practicing creative and critical thinking skills continuously

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Important Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Course Information

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Course Outline

  • Critical Thinking and Creative Problem Solving Essentials

    • Recognizing business reasons for creative problem solving in the workplace
    • Defining creativity vs. innovation
    • Exploring the thinking process
    • Pinpointing problems and their outcomes
    • Applying outcome-based thinking
  • Leveraging Personal Thinking Styles

    Analyzing personal preferences

    • Dominance drives behavior
    • Identifying your own natural brain dominance
    • Triune Brain Theory

    Assessing your preferred approach to thinking

    • Enhancing whole-brain thinking
    • Leveraging left- and right-brain dominance
    • Recognizing strengths and opportunities

    Identifying thinking preferences

    • Recognizing others' preferred thinking styles
    • Adapting to others' thinking styles
    • Flexing to opposing styles
  • Unleashing Your Creativity

    The creative environment

    • Exploring your own creativity
    • Utilizing tools and techniques to become more creative
    • Identifying elements that stimulate creativity
    • Eliminating barriers to innovation

    Group creative thinking

    • Brainstorming options
    • Challenging assumptions
    • Five Monkeys Syndrome
    • Avoiding groupthink

    The iterative mind

    • Unscrambling the iterative mind
    • Moving between the left and right brain
    • Valuing non-dominant preferences
    • Stretching outside your personal style
    • Deploying divergent and convergent thinking
  • Solving Problems Using Analysis and Prioritization Tools

    Applying analysis models

    • Dissecting the situation
    • Decision analysis
    • Setting priorities for taking action
    • Evaluating problems (people, process and technology)

    Systematic approaches to problem solving

    • Methods of analysis
    • Collecting data and information
    • Defining boundaries and constraints
    • Deconstructing problems using stair-step techniques

    Decision analysis

    • Choosing among alternatives
    • Establishing objectives
    • Assigning weight to objectives in order to make the best decision
    • Creating a satisfaction scale to choose between alternatives
  • Translating Creativity and Analysis into Practical Application

    Identifying problems

    • Determining the deviation and gap
    • Testing probable causes

    Avoiding analysis paralysis

    • Overcoming the "It won't work here" mentality
    • Analyzing for outcomes, not solutions

    Deploying your decision

    • Clearly expressing analysis results
    • Ensuring organizational benefit
    • Guaranteeing maximum buy-in
  • Putting It All Together

    Integrating your solution into the business

    • Constructing a blueprint for your action plan
    • Reinforcing your newly developed creative thinking skills

    Your personal development toolkit

    • Educating others with creative tools
    • Practicing creative and critical thinking skills continuously

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Training FAQs

  • What is critical thinking?

    Critical thinking is the ability to analyze a situation and make a professional judgement.

  • What is creative problem solving?

    Generating inventive solutions to every day problems by implementing the innovating ideas in a practical way for your workplace.

  • What is the difference between critical thinking and creative thinking?

    Critical thinking is the ability to interpret data and make a professional judgement whereas creative thinking gives possible solutions for the data you interpreted and analyzed.

  • Can I learn critical thinking and problem solving online?

    Yes! We know your busy work schedule may prevent you from getting to one of our classrooms which is why we offer convenient online training to meet your needs wherever you want, including online training.

  • Can I earn Professional Development Units for the Critical Thinking and Creative Problem Solving course?

    Yes, you can receive PDUs from the Critical Thinking and Creative Problem Solving course.

    To find out how many PDUs you can receive, check out the PMI Q&A List ›

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