Engaging Your Team in Critical Thinking

It is our nature to think—we all do it, obviously.  However, a good share of our thinking is biased, distorted, or incomplete. Critical thinking is an essential skill for both managers and day to day staff.  Critical thinking ensures we pose the right questions, view others’ viewpoints with merit, and challenge assumptions in strategic thinking, decision making and problem solving. Non-critical thinkers shoot down ideas before they are understood, or take action based on faulty assumptions resulting in a business disaster.

Teams, as well as individuals, must learn to think critically which requires a work atmosphere that is conducive to challenging others’ perspectives. Critical thinking enables teams to develop positive insights and ideas that lead to effective action. It focuses on reframing and rethinking issues so that the right problems are addressed, and requires challenging conventional wisdom.  Using the process of critical thinking leads to reasoned conclusions, better decisions, fewer mistakes, and improves collaboration among team members.

Key Takeaways:

  • Define critical thinking
  • List characteristics of critical thinkers
  • Examine the critical thinking process
  • Explore the elements of reasoning
  • Discuss critical thinking techniques
  • Identify organizational, team, and individual critical thinking barriers

Who should attend:

Senior managers, middle managers, project leaders, directors, supervisors

About Dr. Susan Strauss:

Dr. Susan Strauss is a national and international speaker, trainer and consultant.  Her specialty areas include management/leadership development, organization development and communication. She trains and consults with business, education, healthcare, law, and government organizations from both the public and private sector.  Susan has held positions in training, organization development, and management, which enable her to use her multitude of real life experiences to draw on in her training sessions and organization development consulting.