Critical Thinking And Reasoning

SIM Professional Development

Course introduction

What separates the effective from the less effective professional is clear: the ability to think critically and competently. Simply put, the individual who can think fast and well has a lot more mental resources to achieve higher performance than his peers who lack good thinking skills. According to researchers and business professionals, this is true for almost any field including engineering, retail, finance, and so on. There is no doubt that good thinking skills are crucial for personal and professional excellence. When you are armed with critical thinking tools, many benefits inevitably follow. For example, you will know how to identify thinking flaws, differentiate between good and bad suggestions, communicate persuasively, manage difficult people or circumstances, and more. Ultimately and inevitably, good thinking skills allow managers to improve their top-line and bottom-line outcomes. In this program I will highlight some of the (very) common reasoning flaws, as well as ways to overcome them. Accordingly, I will illustrate some examples of good vs. bad thinking that occur at the workplace, and the consequences of them at the individual and organizational levels.

Course Benefits

Business Outcome(s)

  • Acquire new ideas on how to think more critically (hence effectively)
  • Know how not to waste time with “inhibiting” thinking outcomes
  • Able to avoid common thinking flaws and inefficiencies
  • Know how to apply critical thinking to become better with problem solving, decision making, strategic thinking, and more …
  • Able to outsmart (outwit) others (e.g., your rivals)
  • Able to think with more savvy and competence
  • Improve your negotiation and persuasion abilities!
  • Increase your revenues and profits with more effective thinking!
  • And more!

Learning Outcomes

Participants will learn the following:
  • (L1) Know what critical thinking skills are really all about
  • (L4) Know the difference: rational vs. behavioral model of thought
  • (L4) Know the difference: critical thinking vs. IQ vs. creative thinking
  • (L3) Know how to identify (and therefore, to avoid or overcome) common thinking biases and flaws
  • (L4) Know how to identify (and hence avoid or overcome) common logical reasoning errors when dealing with problems, decisions, etc
  • (L5) Know how to link critical thinking skills to business issues such as problem solving, decision making, strategic thinking, and so on
  • (L5) Know how to use critical thinking to enhance productivity and profitability

Target Audience

Level 3 - New Managers & Level 4 - Managers

Course Outline

  • Foundations and principles of critical thinking
  • Compare: Critical thinking vs. rationality vs. practical outcomes
  • Understand how most managers think
  • Thinking biases & errors: What most managers are not aware
  • Thinking in business contexts: When and why it often fails!
  • Business scenarios: How to think with maximum efficiency
  • Must-know: 3 major frameworks of critical thinking

Available Course Sessions

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Trainer Profile

Lim How

An independent corporate trainer-consultant, Lim How is a recognized expert in the fields of critical thinking, transformational leadership, human relations, and the related. A psychologist by training at Yale University, his expertise has been regularly sought after by various Fortune 500 companies such as Citibank, Du Pont, and IBM, to list a few. While at Yale, he developed three programs that are now been used by various MNCs to train their management teams, talent pool, and senior executives. To date, thousands of executives from different parts of the world (e.g., Singapore, Asia, and USA) have benefited from his usually thought-provoking seminars. An author of two books, Lim How regularly writes for the press and other publications.