Critical Thinking

  • 9 Courses | 3h 1m 1s
  • 9 Books | 31h 48m
  • 8 Audiobooks | 36h 34m 15s
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The ability to think critically is more important than ever. Learn tips and strategies to develop this skill. Critical thinking is the ability to think clearly and rationally. Discover how to understand the logical connection between your ideas.

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Critical Thinking: Challenging Assumptions
Every day, we make hundreds of assumptions based on facts, observations, and experiences. Some are useful time savers, but some are based on a weak premise or poor data and can lead to jumping to a conclusion without asking questions or listening to other people's input. When a decision is based on assumptions and prejudices, it mitigates the opportunity for innovation and creativity. Examining your assumptions requires small changes, but the payoff is significant. In this course, you'll learn how assumptions manifest and what power they have on decision making and innovation. You'll learn practices to redirect automatic assumption-based thinking into critical thinking as well as questioning techniques to identify assumptions so you can mitigate their impact. You'll also learn techniques to help you investigate assumptions thoroughly and how to systematically test them, which will give you the best chance of making the best decisions.
6 videos | 23m has Assessment available Badge
Critical Thinking: Investigating Arguments
Every day, people put forth their ideas or points of view. After all, at the heart of every great change, lies a great argument someone has used to influence others. The basis of an argument is expressing a point of view and supporting it with enough evidence to persuade someone to accept a conclusion. How can you determine what's fact, what's opinion, and how to get to the truth of a matter? Part of critical thinking is being able to identify, construct, and evaluate arguments, because only then will you be able to reach logical conclusions and solve problems. In this course, you'll learn how to use arguments in the right situations and explore what makes up an effective argument. You'll also learn to recognize the common types of logical fallacies that can derail an argument, and how to employ reasoning skills against arguments that use tactics of manipulation.
6 videos | 22m has Assessment available Badge
Critical Thinking: Drawing Sound Conclusions
Humans excel at coming to quick judgments based on mental shortcuts. People like definite answers and an end to uncertainty, so sometimes they jump to conclusions based on minimal information and driven by past experiences, social norms or rules of thumb, or emotions. People are jumping-to-conclusions experts. And while that can work in some situations, such as when automatically driving the best route to work every day, you can't fix complex problems with fast decision-making or insufficient information. In this course, you'll learn how to gather and assess the evidence you need to reach a sound conclusion, and what visual tools can help you understand the evidence more clearly. You'll also learn to use lines of questioning to consider the impact and validity of your evidence, as well as techniques to arrive at, evaluate, and implement the logical conclusions you come to.
6 videos | 21m has Assessment available Badge
Leveraging the Power of Analogical Thinking
When struggling with a difficult problem, it's easy to become hemmed in by traditional habitual thinking. Learning to leverage the power of analogical thinking allows you to think creatively and gain fresh insights through the exploration of unexpected similarities. In this course, you'll learn what analogical thinking is, when it's best used, and how to use it. You'll also learn under what situations it can fail, and how to avoid superficial analogies so you can make better strategic choices.
6 videos | 21m has Assessment available Badge
Confronting Your Assumptions
Assumptions are necessary to help us make sense of our world. We are bombarded with so much information that we simply couldn't function if we didn't each have some basic premises to work from. That said, the critical thinker knows assumptions can get in the way of rational decision making. When solving problems, it's necessary to use strategic thinking to challenge our assumptions and find the right solutions. This course defines what assumptions are, describes how different kinds of assumptions may be challenged, and covers the importance of seeking out other people's perspectives.
6 videos | 14m has Assessment available Badge
Investigating Arguments
Debating an argument is part of reaching a logical conclusion and solving problems. In this course, you'll learn to use strategic thinking to identify and judge arguments, recognize logical fallacies and persuasion techniques, and make effective arguments of your own.
7 videos | 16m has Assessment available Badge
Reaching Sound Conclusions
When drawing conclusions, strategic thinking is needed to analyze and weigh the data and information you have to support taking action. In this course, you'll learn how to recognize the critical-thinking activities associated with reaching a sound conclusion. You'll discover how to employ effective questions, use tools to help you conclude findings, and create an action plan for putting conclusions into practice when solving problems.
6 videos | 13m has Assessment available Badge
Outwitting Your Cognitive Bias
In order to make the best business decisions, you need to confront - and overcome - your cognitive biases. In this course, you will learn techniques for identifying cognitive bias, as well as strategies for overcoming specific biases.
6 videos | 20m has Assessment available Badge
Expert Insights on Critical Thinking
Learn from experts on how to improve and enhance your critical thinking skills. Topics include problem solving techniques, how to get past your trepidation, and how to streamline your decision making process.
7 videos | 28m available Badge
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BOOKS INCLUDED

Book

Stop Guessing: The 9 Behaviors of Great Problem Solvers
Illustrated with examples ranging from everyday issues to serious problems, this book will help you understand the behaviors that great problem-solvers use to tackle the hardest problems with skill and panache, regardless of the industry or nature of the problem.
book Duration 2h 7m book Authors By Nat Greene

Book

Think Smarter: Critical Thinking to Improve Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Skills
Presenting a pragmatic set of tools to apply critical thinking techniques to everyday business issues, this book is filled with real world examples that demonstrate how the tools work in action and includes dozens of practice exercises applicable across industries and functions.
book Duration 3h 17m book Authors By Michael Kallet

Book

Left Brain, Right Stuff: How Leaders Make Winning Decisions
Leaders must possess the ability to shape opinions, inspire followers, manage risk, and outmaneuver and outperform rivals. This entertaining, surprising, and immensely practical book proposes a new paradigm for decision making in synch with the way we have to operate in the real world.
book Duration 5h 54m book Authors By Phil Rosenzweig

Book

The Diagrams Books: 50 Ways to Solve any Problem Visually
Including tips and advice on how you can apply them to your own situations, this accessible guide presents fifty of the most useful diagrams that are used by consultants, academics, MBA students, and smart managers globally to assist with problem solving and thinking.
book Duration 39m book Authors By Kevin Duncan

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An Introduction to Critical Thinking and Creativity: Think More, Think Better
Outlining the tools needed to become a critical as well as creative thinker, this book introduces relevant theories in conjunction with real-life examples and findings from cognitive science and psychology to illustrate how the theories can be applied in fields and careers.
book Duration 5h 21m book Authors By Joe Y. F. Lau

Book

Critical Thinking Skills for Dummies
Offering expert guidance on sound reasoning and textual analysis, this accessible and friendly book provides hands-on, lively, and fun exercises that you can put to work today to improve your arguments and pin down key issues.
book Duration 5h 33m book Authors By Martin Cohen

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The Critical Thinking Tool Kit: Spark Your Team's Creativity with 35 Problem Solving Activities
With an aim to get employees thinking better and faster with hands-on activities and ready-to-use assessments, this book helps team members work on challenging assumptions, brainstorm divergent ideas, and then pinpoint the ones that best benefit an organization.
book Duration 2h 54m book Authors By Marlene Caroselli

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A Practical Guide to Critical Thinking: Deciding What to Do and Believe, Second Edition
Pursuing an interdisciplinary approach to critical thinking, this book is a unique presentation of the formal strategies used when thinking through reasons and arguments in many areas of expertise.
book Duration 5h 45m book Authors By David A. Hunter

Book

Critical Thinking
Offering a highly usable framework that can be utilized in many different circumstances, this book provides useful insights into critical thinking and helps readers put some of the best prevailing ideas into practice.
book Duration 18m book Authors By Jon C. Warner
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AUDIOBOOKS INCLUDED

Audiobook Summary

The Diagrams Book: 50 Ways to Solve any Problem Visually
The Diagrams Book provides a comprehensive list of diagrams to consider when outlining a problem to be solved or expressing thoughts and ideas. In this Summary, we discuss the salient points of the book based on our interpretation of its contents.
audiobook Duration 15m 53s audiobook Authors By Kevin Duncan

Audiobook Summary

The Pyramid Principle: Logic in Thinking and Writing
The Pyramid Principle is an acclaimed international bestseller on how to produce compelling, to-the-point, professional writing for clients, colleagues, or the board of directors. In this Review, we discuss the salient points of the book based on our interpretation of its contents.
audiobook Duration 9m 46s audiobook Authors By Barbara Minto

Audiobook

Left Brain, Right Stuff: How Leaders Make Winning Decisions
This audio edition draws on a wealth of examples in order to propose a new paradigm for decision making in sync with the way we have to operate in the real world.
audiobook Duration 8h 44m 1s audiobook Authors By Phil Rosenzweig

Audiobook

The Brainpower Booster: Seven Powerful Strategies For Becoming Smarter
This audio edition will teach you to quickly learn, process, and remember all types of information. Read by the author.
audiobook Duration 1h 53m 47s audiobook Authors By Howard Stephen Berg

Audiobook

Three Moves Ahead: What Chess Can Teach You about Business (Even If You've Never Played)
This audio edition shows how the world's top executives use chess tactics to thrive in the face of incalculable complexities and unexpected change.
audiobook Duration 7h 23m 26s audiobook Authors By Bob Rice

Audiobook

Winning the Brain Game: Fixing the 7 Fatal Flaws of Thinking
This audio edition will lead you to better decision-making, higher levels of creativity, clearer strategies, and overall success in business, work and life.
audiobook Duration 4h 30m 11s audiobook Authors By Matthew E. May

Audiobook

The Smartest Places on Earth: Why Rustbelts are the Emerging Hotspots of Global Innovation
This audio edition presents a truly hopeful and inspiring investigation into the emerging sources of a new era of competitiveness for America and Europe that are coming from unlikely places-those cities and areas once known as "rustbelts" that have, from an economic perspective, been written off.
audiobook Duration 7h 8m 21s audiobook Authors By Antoine van Agtmael, Fred Bakker

Audiobook

Intelligent Disobedience: Doing Right When What You're Told to Do Is Wrong
This audio edition explores when and how to disobey inappropriate orders, reduce unacceptable risk, and find better ways to achieve legitimate goals.
audiobook Duration 6h 28m 50s audiobook Authors By Ira Chaleff
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Critical Thinking
The ability to think critically is more important than ever. Learn tips and strategies to develop this skill. Critical thinking is the ability to think clearly and rationally. Discover how to understand the logical connection between your ideas.
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