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Critical Thinking and Creative Problem Solving

COURSE TYPE

Foundation

Course Number

284

Duration

3 Days

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About This Course: Successful organizations recognize that critical thinking and creative solutions significantly enhance one's leadership capabilities, business results and business potential. In this course, you will develop your skills as a critical thinker and problem solver and recognize and leverage your thinking preferences, as well as those on your team, to find different solutions to everyday problems.

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

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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Course Schedule

Attend this live, instructor-led course In-Class or Online via AnyWare.

Hassle-Free Enrollment: No advance payment required.
Tuition due 30 days after your course.

Oct 26 - 28 Alexandria, VA/AnyWare Enroll Now

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Dec 7 - 9 Ottawa/AnyWare Enroll Now

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Mar 1 - 3 Ottawa/AnyWare Enroll Now

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Mar 29 - 31 New York/AnyWare Enroll Now

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Apr 12 - 14 Alexandria, VA/AnyWare Enroll Now

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May 31 - Jun 2 AnyWare Enroll Now

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Jul 5 - 7 Toronto/AnyWare Enroll Now

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Jul 26 - 28 Ottawa/AnyWare Enroll Now

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Sep 27 - 29 New York/AnyWare Enroll Now

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Tuition

Standard

$2650

Government

$2355

Course Tuition Includes:

After-Course Instructor Coaching
When you return to work, you are entitled to schedule a free coaching session with your instructor for help and guidance as you apply your new skills.

Free Course Exam
You can take your course exam on the last day of your course and receive a Certificate of Achievement with the designation "Awarded with Distinction."

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Questions

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An experienced training advisor will happily answer any questions you may have and alert you to any tuition savings to
which you or your organization may be entitled.

Training Hours

Standard Course Hours: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
*Informal discussion with instructor about your projects or areas of special interest: 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm


FREE Online Course Exam (if applicable) – Last Day: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
By successfully completing your FREE online course exam, you will:

  • Have a record of your growth and learning results.
  • Bring proof of your progress back to your organization
  • Earn credits toward industry certifications (if applicable)
  • Make progress toward one or more Learning Tree Specialist & Expert Certifications (if applicable)

Enhance Your Credentials with Professional Certification

Learning Tree's comprehensive training and exam preparation guarantees that you will gain the knowledge and confidence to achieve professional certification and advance your career.

Earn 17 Credits from NASBA

This course qualifies for 17 CPE credits from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy CPE program. Read more ...

Earn 17 PDUs


PMI, the Registered Education Provider logo, PMP, CAPM, PMI-ACP,
and PMBOK are marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

This course is approved by PMI® for 17 professional development units (PDUs). For more on the Project Management Institute and a full list of courses approved for PDUs.

Technical : 9 PDUs
Leadership : 1 PDUs
Business & Strategic : 7 PDUs

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“This was a great course on critical thinking and problem solving. I really enjoyed the curriculum - and felt that it directly related to my work. It gave me new tools and a different perspective.”

- M. Murray, IT Business Analyst
Citigroup

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