When you are under pressure, busy and expectations are high it is hard to do your best thinking. As a result, it is common to miss out on innovative ideas and forego asking questions that might have unlocked crucial insights. Instead, we remain lost in a complex tangle of information, settling for quick or easy answers rather than producing our best work. This is very common, and is not an indication of laziness. We may just need to think more effectively, and this is where lateral thinking comes in. Lateral thinking is the ability to solve problems in a creative and indirect way. Our training session will enable you to think differently about professional challenges effectively and efficiently.
WHAT WILL DELEGATES WALK AWAY WITH?
- Greater ability to ask good questions and challenge the status quo;
- Tools for solving problems more quickly and completely;
- An enhanced capacity to uncover insights and generate quality ideas; and
- Techniques for untangling complex matters
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Our critical thinking training sessions provide you with methods for analysing and understanding information in your day-to-day work. The skills learned in this interactive workshop empower individuals and groups to process complex information confidently, ask questions that unlock insight, generate quality ideas and untangle complex projects.
The Philosophy at Work approach to critical thinking was born out of our work helping facilitate client ideation sessions. Over the past 6 years we have used philosophical tools to help leaders and groups address complex matters for positive change. Married with our training in philosophy, that experience means that we have a robust understanding of how ideas work and a robust understanding of the practical challenges of organisations. As a result, our critical thinking training teaches the best bits of philosophical thinking in a way that is relevant to your everyday work, and which you can put to work right away.
During this interactive workshop, we will:
- Share key insights about the nature and mechanics of critical thinking;
- Equip you with a range of ideation techniques to think more critically at work;
- Engage in exercises that will give you a chance to ‘try on’ your new learning; and
- Create a personal plan for embedding greater critical thinking in your day-to-day work.
WHO IS IT FOR?
Everyone. Powerful thinking is a key asset in any sector, industry or market. But some groups that find our critical thinking training particularly useful include:
- Strategy Leads;
- Innovation Teams; and
- Groups grappling with significant changes in the market and the way they work.
WHY ORGANISATIONS USE US FOR CRITICAL THINKING TRAINING
The short answer: we’re philosophers. Critical thinking is the skill of systematically processing, analysing, assessing and restructuring information. While the term ‘critical thinking’ did not become popular until the mid 20th century, throughout history philosophers have made an art out of finding practical techniques for thinking well.
Critical thinking isn’t always comfortable or easy. But the alternative is to live an unexamined life and settle for work that is less meaningful and lacking in clarity. When professional success, contentment and fulfilment hangs in the balance, critical thinking is essential.
Available as a full day training session, a 3-hr session or 90-minute sprint, the training in critical thinking we offer can be customised to fit the needs of your group.
Get in touch to find out how our critical thinking training can support your learning and development work. We’d love to talk to you.