Critical Thinking and Creative Problem Solving

Critical Thinking and Creative Problem Solving

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course participant will be able to :

  • Make better decisions through critical thinking and creative problem solving
  • Adapt to different thinking styles in group and team environments
  • Recognize and remove barriers to individual and group creativity to foster an innovative work environment
  • Systematically analyze a target problem
  • Present your ideas clearly and concisely for maximum stakeholder buy-in
  • Transform your creativity into practical business solutions


Who Should Attend

Individuals at any level of an organization who want to apply creativity and critical thinking skills to their decision-making 


Course Content


  • Balancing people, processes and tools for optimal decisions 

  • Business drivers that demand creative problem solving 

  • Deciphering critical thinking


Leveraging Personal Thinking Styles

The Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI)

  • MacLean's Triune Brain Theory 

  • Assessing your preferred approach to thinking 

  • Leveraging whole-brain thinking 

  • Identifying left/right-brain dominance 


Analyzing personal preferences

  • Identifying your own natural brain dominance 

  • Determining nondominant approaches 


Managing thinking preferences 

  • Avoiding quadrant bias 

  • Bridging opposing styles 

  • Predicting coworker profiles 
Unleashing Your Creativity


The creative environment

  • Setting the creative stage 

  • The power of positive communication 

  • Identifying elements that stimulate creativity 

  • Eliminating barriers to innovation 


Group creative thinking

  • Brainstorming options 

  • Challenging assumptions 

  • Dispelling personal and corporate myths 
The iterative mind

  • Moving between quadrants
  • Valuing nondominant preferences 

  • Stretching outside your personal style 


Recording the creative process 

  • Drawing mind maps 

  • Chart writing 


Solving Problems Using Analysis and Prioritization

Systematic approaches to problem solving

  • Defining criteria
  • Focusing on outcomes 

  • Leveraging left-brain thinkers 

  • Applying questioning techniques 

  • Deconstructing problems using stair-step techniques 


Analyzing the creative process 

  • Identifying business-critical ideas 

  • Categorizing, prioritizing and purging


Avoiding analysis paralysis

  • Overcoming the "It won't work here" mentality 

  • The Five Monkeys Syndrome or "But we've always done it this way" 

  • Analyzing for outcomes, not solutions 


Applying analysis models

  • Situation assessment 

  • Decision analysis 

  • Problem evaluation 


Translating Creativity and Analysis into Practical Application

Organizational politics

  • Recognizing the workplace culture 

  • Maintaining outcome-focused goals 


The influence of decision-making styles

  • Recognizing your own blind spots 

  • Self-awareness and self-regulation 

  • Forming a coalition with style opposites 


Deploying your decision

  • Clearly expressing analysis results 

  • Ensuring organizational benefit 

  • Guaranteeing maximum buy-in 
Putting It All Together


Integrating your solution into the business

  • Creating a whole-brain presentation 

  • Strengthening your nondominant position 

  • Adjusting communication to thinking styles 

  • Transforming confrontation into communication


Continuing your development

  • Conducting self-checks 

  • Being persistent: a key trait of successful creatives
  • Mapping thinking skills to your business


Your Personal Decision-Making Toolkit

  • Your personal thinking style 

  • Your stakeholders' styles 

  • Flexing to colleagues' styles
  • Committing to your Personal Action Plan 

  • Checklists for success

Event Information

Event Date 27-08-2023
Event End Date 31-08-2023
Individual Price $4,500.00
Location Dubai
Categories Project Management