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Critical Thinking, Problem Solving & Decision Making

Improve your decision-making capabilities through critical thinking, structured reasoning, and creative problem analysis.

GK# 2895

Course Overview

Learn how to be an inventive, logical decision maker by understanding the principles behind critical thinking and the tools used to consistently identify and select the best decision among multiple alternatives. In this course, you'll explore a structured way to approach and dismantle problems with a view toward optimum outcomes.

Applying the techniques of critical thinking allows you to dismantle complex problems and to understand the inputs and implications of your thought processes. By applying problem analysis and good practices you'll be able to develop positions and arrive at decisions that are logical and explicable to others. After completing the course, you'll understand why most decisions are of poor quality and be able to impose quality controls on both your decisions and the decisions of others.

Delivery Format Options

  • Classroom Live

    Classroom Live

    Receive face-to-face instruction at one of our training center locations.

    From

    $1495 CAD

    2 day

  • Virtual Classroom Live

    Virtual Classroom Live

    Experience expert-led online training from the convenience of your home, office or anywhere with an Internet connection.

    From

    $1495 CAD

    2 day

  • Private Group Training

    Private Group Training

    Train your entire team in a private, coordinated professional development session at the location of your choice.

    Receive private training for teams online and in-person.

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What You'll Learn

  •  Natural barriers to sound reasoning
  •  Bias and assumptions in problem analysis
  •  Thought processes and reasoning
  •  Analytical techniques for comparing alternative solutions
  •  Structure, standards, and ethics of critical thinking
  •  Problem analysis best practices

Hands-On Exercises

  • Evaluate the strategic thinking of others
  • Assess the reasoning of others
  • Problem solving by starting with restatement of the issues
  • Problem solving from a number of different perspectives
  • Identify decision-making factors
  • Creativity and the decision-making process
  • Structure the analytical process with a matrix
  • Evaluate decision options using probabilities
  • Compare options using paired ranking

Follow-On Courses

Who Needs To Attend

This course provides an introduction to structured decision making. It is intended for any professional who is new to formal problem analysis, including: department managers, directors, supervisors, project managers, IT project managers, project coordinators, project analysts, project leaders, senior project managers, team leaders, product managers, program managers, associate project managers, stakeholders, team members, and all others responsible for resource allocations.