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CRITICAL THINKING - EVERYONE EXPECTS YOU TO HAVE IT, BUT NO ONE TEACHES IT 

Employers and educationists believe that critical thinking is the key to success. But how and where do you learn critical thinking?

What is Critical Thinking?

Stated simply, Critical Thinking is the process for evaluation of the truth or falsity of conclusions (claims, beliefs, decisions) . A simpler definition of Critical thinking would be : Making clear reasoned judgments.  In order to understand it, we need to understand the vocabulary of reasoning and any of the frameworks for Critical Thinking.

Critical thinking training for Business

We offer Critical Thinking to Business Organizations. Those skilled in critical thinking make better decisions, take a structured approach to problem solving and are sensitive to cognitive biases.

Critical thinking training for Colleges

Students with critical thinking skills tend to write logically better essays, SOP's and research papers. The logical reasoning skills they learn  also helps them perform better in personal interviews and group discussions.

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Elements of Critical thinking

Critical thinking is the process of making clear reasoned judgments. In order to be able to do this, we need to understand the different elements of critical thinking

Enablers of Critical thinking

A sound knowledge of logical reasoning, an ability to evaluate credibility of people and claims, combined with an ability to think clearly using unambiguous language are the three enables for critical thinking. 

Obstacles to Critical thinking

Understanding how people use emotive force, or in other words rhetoric to persuade us, a knowledge of fallacies which are basically errors in reasoning, and a awareness and knowledge of our cognitive biases are essential to ensure that there are no obstacles to our ability to think critically.

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Critical thinking frameworks

Real life problems are complex, and the solutions too are often complex. Often, the inclination is to over-simplify the problem, and adopt the first solution that comes to mind and seems to solve the problem. Problem solving in teams too is not immune to simplistic approaches to problem solving.

A Critical thinking framework achieves two distinct objectives: It ensures that all dimensions of any problem are examined and the solution closely examined for viability by examining its implications and implicit assumptions. The other objective that it achieves is one of ensuring that the reasoning is logical by looking at the evidence and forcing an analysis. 

Benefits of Critical thinking at work

Critical thinking skills are absolutely essential at all levels of the organization. Some skills we learn inductively and many - we don't. There are several benefits to learning  critical thinking skills.

Make better reasoned decisions :

Become skilled in making reasoned decisions with better outcomes.

Develop your problem solving skills

Analyze complex problems with ease using a Critical Thinking Framework

Better team management

Distinguish between emotion and logic. Easily identify and solve problems, and drive performance based on sound reasoning.


More productive meetings:

Greater clarity and purpose based focus in meetings and discussions, due to greater clarity and depth in thinking

Become immune to rhetoric :

Understand rhetoric and recognize the difference between good reasoning from irrational appeals to emotion.

Protect yourself from fallacies and cognitive biases: Learn

Learn about fallacies and cognitive biases. Protect yourself being blind-sided by preconceived notions and confirmation biases.

Trainer: A.S.Prasad

A.S.Prasad is a management graduate from IIMA (1981-83) and is a Trainer in critical thinking, Marketing Consultant and Guest faculty at IIM Indore and NIFT. 

He has over thirty years of Marketing and senior management experience across Industries. Since 2002 he has been into Business and Marketing consulting in the SME space. In 2013, he developed a course on Critical thinking and has been delivering workshops and training on critical thinking since then. 

He has developed the curriculum for a 40 hour course on Critical thinking for NIFT, Bangalore, and is also teaching the course there. At Amritha University he has been conducting a one day Critical Thinking training workshop for first year MBA students for the last six years. 

At JIPMER he conducted two one-day training workshops on Critical thinking for the Doctors and Research students. He has also conducted a two day Critical thinking training workshop for managers at BEL. 

For IIM Indore, he has developed a course on 'Digital Marketing in B2B' and also teaches the course.

 

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