Critical, Complex & Creative Thinking Training

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is acknowledged that Complex Problem Solving, Critical Thinking & Creativity are the top 3 skill sets required in the workplace in 2020. Yet how many organisations will be sufficiently skilled to address and take advantage of that need?

An all too common refrain today is that “We understand the importance and need for the training but we just do not have the time and resources to make it happen”.

When operational demands mean that essential learning and development is not undertaken and applied, we found ourselves in a developmental “downward spiral”. To assist in breaking this spiral THINK QUICK has developed a series of two hour training sessions to equip staff with a broad range of practical tools and approaches to routinely apply to workplace problems on a daily basis.

These sessions are cost-effective and conducted in-house to remove travel time from the equation and are followed up with 4 x weekly “Application Tips” for participants via email. These follow ups tips assist trainees in applying and embedding the problem solving into the workplace.

The sessions are modular and can be applied in series of 3, or as one-off sessions to suit specific business needs.  The critical thinking skill areas covered are Collaborative, Strategic & Creative Problem Solving which also also include key elements of analytical and critical thinking.

Contact Frank for a no obligation chat on how your organisation can benefit from these sessions. Call 0400 109727 or email think.quick@me.com

 

1) Critical Thinking (2 hours)

 

 

We all bring very diverse ranges of experience, education, learning, backgrounds and knowledge to the table. These in themselves are powerful forces for addressing the difficult issues we face. However, we don’t always capitalise on these strengths and our diverse views can sometimes lead to unproductive sessions. We have all been in meetings that fall into this category. “Diversity though invaluable, is often divisive”.

How then do we fully incorporate this valuable yet potentially disruptive diversity, and use it in a positive and productive manner?

In this session you will have the opportunity to learn, listen to real life case studies, practice and take away some simple tools and methods to assist in developing a constructive approach to collaborating with colleagues and stakeholders.

The primary learning objectives of this session are:

  1. Learn how to work collaboratively with impact &
  2. Learn how to critically appraise and redefine problems and opportunities from multiple perspectives.

 

2) Complex Problem Solving (2 hours)

 

 

 

As the world around us becomes more complex and the rate of change accelerates, we need to be able to strategically step back and try to make greater sense of what is going on. We are in a better position to make the best strategic and context-appropriate decisions to deal with our issues and opportunities.

How then do we start to make sense of a complex and shifting world so that we can then act with greater effect?

In this session you will have the opportunity to learn, listen to real-life case studies, practice and take away some simple tools and methods to help broadly scan what is happening around us and to look at problems and opportunities from different perspectives so that the best possible interventions can be applied.

The primary learning objectives of this session are:

  1. Learn how to apply different problem solving techniques in differing contexts &
  2. Learn how to address complex issues where uncertainty is common.

 

3) Creative Thinking (2 hours)

 

 

In this session we take a slightly different look at “creativity”. The notion of creativity we are told about is often at odds with “serious” business practice. However when correctly applied, creativity is essential and addresses specific business needs that align with organisational strategy.

How can we be more creative in a Government and generate new ideas and concepts to deal with the many issues and opportunities that face us going forward?

In this session you will have the opportunity to learn, listen to real-life case studies, practice and take away some simple tools and methods to assist in generating new, focused ideas to help with those issues we can struggle to get traction with.

The primary learning objectives of this session are:

  1. Learn how to generate genuinely new and novel ideas to address issues &
  2. Learn how to take those ideas and turn them into measurable action.

 

All of the above training can be customised in duration from 2 hours to 2 days according to client requirements.

Testimonials from previous participants

“These were fantastic sessions and I particularly enjoyed their relevance and applicability to my work”.   “Loved that it was short but highly informative”.    “The trainer was excellent! One of the best presenters I have seen in action”.   “I have already sent an email to my team outlining the content of the session”.   “I have an immediate use for these methods in a workshop I am running on Monday”.   “Nothing to improve here with the session, the trainer was brilliant”.   “I am now more confident in coming up with my own ideas to address our project issues”.   “The follow up support makes me feel very supported in my ongoing learning, I look forward to seeing these each week”! 

 

 

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About the Author

Frank Connolly is the Principal of “Think Quick”, a business that adds value through thinking differently. His work history covers all sectors and includes initiatives that have yielded bottom line benefit in the 10’s of millions of dollars.

Current clients range from Exxon-Mobil to Government Depts within Australia to Global NGO’s.

Much of his working life has been split between Australia, the South Pacific and Asia where he has trained and facilitated Lateral Thinking techniques, and been acknowledged by Edward de Bono as one of the foremost practitioners of the de Bono thinking methods worldwide.

Frank believes strongly that if we can improve the way we think, the actions that follow also improve.

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