Thinking Critically

  • 6 Courses | 2h 24m 11s
  • 9 Books | 18h 50m
  • 4 Audiobooks | 27h 21m 49s
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Leaders use critical thinking to make the best decisions for their organizations. Leverage analytical techniques to better assess information.

COURSES INCLUDED

Welcome to the Skillsoft Leadership Development Program
Whether you are an aspiring, new, or experienced leader who leads people or projects, we've designed this curriculum to meet you where you are in your own leadership journey.
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Developing Your Critical Thinking and Cognitive Flexibility
It often seems like the whole world is on information overload. Each day, we encounter massive amounts of new false, or dubious information, alongside a steady stream of data that may, or may not, be relevant to our needs. As a leader, your critical thinking skills are essential for deciding what is important and making the best decisions for your organization. This course will help you improve your critical thinking skills. You'll learn about the intake, investigate, and act stages of critical thinking, as well as how to use analytical techniques to assess information. Finally, you'll learn the advantages of keeping an open mind through cognitive flexibility.
8 videos | 47m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Leadership Insights on Critical Thinking
Although it might seem counterintuitive, a systematic approach to critical thinking facilitates the creative process that is so valuable to problem solving. Use these ideas to boost your skills and the skills of those around you.
9 videos | 26m available Badge
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
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BOOKS INCLUDED

Book

MIT Sloan Management Review Article on Critical Thinking and Cognitive Flexibility
In this collection of articles from MIT Sloan Management Review, you'll learn some of the best ways for modern executives to process information, as well as how managers and business leaders gather and interpret information effectively.
book Duration 51m book Authors By MIT Sloan Management Review

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MIT Sloan Management Review Article on Think Critically About the Wisdom of Experts
This article from MIT Sloan Management Review reveals some lessons about assessing the claims of people whose opinions seem unassailable.
book Duration 9m book Authors By Andrew A. King

BOOK SUMMARY

Winning the Brain Game: Fixing the 7 Fatal Flaws of Thinking
Winning the Brain Game outlines the common pitfalls people run into when presented with a challenge and offers methods to retrain your brain to approach problems differently. In this Summary, we discuss the salient points of the book based on our interpretation of its contents.
book Duration 9m book Authors By Matthew E. May

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

BOOK SUMMARY

Six Thinking Hats
Six Thinking Hats gives you directions and details on how to use the "six hats" to achieve efficiency during work time, and in decision-making processes. In this Review, we discuss the salient points of the book based on our interpretation of its contents.
book Duration 6m book Authors By Edward de Bono
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AUDIOBOOKS INCLUDED

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

Thinking for a Living: How to Get Better Performances and Results from Knowledge Workers
This audio edition presents a unique framework for matching specific types of workers with the management strategies that yield the greatest performance.
audiobook Duration 6h 47m 28s audiobook Authors By Thomas H. Davenport

Audiobook

Standard Deviations: Flawed Assumptions, Tortured Data, and Other Ways to Lie with Statistics
This audio edition demystifies the science behind statistics and makes it easy to spot the fraud all around.
audiobook Duration 9h 19m 59s audiobook Authors By Gary Smith

Audiobook

Is This Wi-Fi Organic?: A Guide to Spotting Misleading Science Online
This audio edition is a playful investigation of popular opinions and consumer trends that permeate our society. Read by the Author.
audiobook Duration 6h 44m 11s audiobook Authors By Dave Farina
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SKILL BENCHMARKS INCLUDED

Leading the Business
Becoming a successful business leader means more than just directing and motivating your people. It also requires understanding the business you're in and making sure that you're making decisions that will help your company meet its goals. In this Leading the Business Unit Benchmark, you'll be able to make a frank assessment of your current skills in strategic planning and execution, identifying your strengths and recognizing areas of weaknesses that will benefit from further learning and growth. This benchmark evaluates your understanding of this topic. Being aware of potential knowledge gaps allows you to better understand your current competency and areas for improvement, so you can find suitable content and curate your own learning path. The courses recommended at the end of this benchmark can help you fill potential gaps in your knowledge.
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