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Critical Thinking and Creative Problem Solving

COURSE TYPE

Foundation

Course Number

284

Duration

3 Days

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Successful organisations rely on critical thinkers and creative thought leaders who can generate inventive solutions to everyday problems. In this training course, you gain the knowledge and skills needed to leverage left- and right-brain thinking, analyse problems, spur creativity, and implement innovative ideas in a practical way for your workplace.

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

  • Creative Thinking and Problem Solving Essentials
  • Recognising business reasons for creative problem solving
  • Defining creativity vs. innovation
  • Exploring the thinking process
  • Pinpointing problems and their influences
  • Inspecting outcomes and outcome-based thinking
  • Leveraging Personal Thinking Styles

The Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI)

  • Triune Brain Theory
  • Assessing your preferred approach to thinking
  • Enhancing whole-brain thinking
  • Leveraging left- and right-brain dominance

Analysing personal preferences

  • Dominance drives behaviour
  • Identifying your own natural brain dominance
  • Considering preference gradients
  • Reviewing common thinking patterns for jobs

Identifying thinking preferences

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

The creative environment

  • Exploring your own creativity
  • Utilising 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

Recording the creative process

  • Drawing mind maps
  • Enhancing your chart writing
  • Presenting to different thinking minds
  • Solving Problems Using Analysis and Prioritisation Tools

Applying analysis models

  • Dissecting the situation
  • Decision analysis
  • 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 amongst alternatives
  • Establishing objectives
  • Assigning weights to objectives to determine best decision
  • Creating a satisfaction scale
  • 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
  • Analysing for outcomes, not solutions

Deploying your decision

  • Clearly expressing analysis results
  • Ensuring organisational 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
  • Practising creative and critical thinking skills continuously
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Convenient Ways to Attend This Instructor-Led Course

Hassle-Free Enrolment: No advance payment required to reserve your seat.
Tuition Fee due 30 days after you attend your course.

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Tuition Fee — Standard: £1695  

7 - 9 Feb (3 Days)
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM GMT
London London Reserve Your Seat

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6 - 8 Jun (3 Days)
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM BST
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28 Feb - 2 Mar (3 Days)
2:00 PM - 9:30 PM GMT
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9 - 11 May (3 Days)
2:00 PM - 9:30 PM BST
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29 - 31 Aug (3 Days)
2:00 PM - 9:30 PM BST
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19 - 21 Sep (3 Days)
2:00 PM - 9:30 PM BST
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For details, call 0800 282 353 or Click here »

Tuition Fee

Standard

In Classroom or
Online

Standard

£1695

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Course Tuition Fee 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 Learning Tree course exam on the last day of your course or online at any time after class and receive a Certificate of Achievement with the designation "Awarded with Distinction."

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Training Hours

Standard class hours:
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Last day class hours:
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Free Course Exam – Last Day:
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Each class day:
Informal discussion with instructor about your projects or areas of special interest:
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

AFTERNOON START class hours:
2:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.


Last day class hours:
2:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


Free Course Exam – Last Day:
8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.


Each class day:
Informal discussion with instructor about your projects or areas of special interest
9:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

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 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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