Critical Thinking Skills

Duration: 1/2‐day Course (4 hours)

Learning Objectives

  • Define what is critical thinking and identify their personal “thinking style”
  • Learn characteristics of effective critical thinkers
  • Understand the role of critical thinking in meeting business challenges
  • Learn how to minimize the impact of job pressures on your thinking processes
  • Describe critical thinking using the RED Model (Recognize assumptions, evaluate arguments, draw conclusions) and position the RED Model within a critical thinking framework
  • Relate critical thinking skills to other business skills
  • Learn how to react to presented situations (curiosity instead of emotion)
  • Identify how critical thinking allows for consideration of multiple factors when problem-solving
  • Know how to translate an abstract idea into something tangible
  • Identify barriers to effective critical thinking
  • Learn how to continuously develop critical thinking skills

Course Benefits

  • Recognize the value of gaining insight into one’s critical thinking skills
  • Appreciate the value of utilizing critical thinking skills in their respective organizations
  • Gain confidence and competence in utilizing critical thinking skills that will result in making dramatically better decisions and solving problems more effectively
  • Appreciate feedback on individual critical thinking skills.

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For more information, please contact training@northern.on.ca or 705-235-3211 ext. 2270