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Nanyang Technological University Center for Continuing Education

Critical Thinking for Innovation and Peak Performance

Oct 21—22, 2019
2 days
SGD 631 ≈USD 460
SGD 315 per day

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The main objective of this course is to enable participants to have a systematic approach to the development of thinking skills. The course will walk the participants through a step by step process, starting with the introduction of thinking tools and then systematically considering thinking situations before going on to explore creativity.


Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate and identify with different styles of thinking and determine their personal preferences
  • Identify how to challenge assumptions and expand perceptions about situations
  • Arrive at better conclusions and decisions more often
  • Influence and persuade others with clear thinking and clear language
  • Move from idea to solution through pulling others into the implementation
  • Apply what has been learnt to the day-to-day operation of the organization


Human Rationality

  • What is Human Rationality?
  • Multiple Intelligence
  • Interpersonal Intelligence
  • Intrapersonal Intelligence

Introduction to Critical Thinking

  • Thinking about Thinking
  • What Most People Don’t Know About Thinking
  • Recognize what makes Excellent Critical Thinking
  • Whole Brain Thinking: Getting Beyond the Boundaries
  • Understand how Critical Thinking works in a Team Setting

How Do You Know That? Challenging Assumptions

  • Use Active Listening and Effective Communication Strategies to Build Rapport while Probing for Assumptions
  • Understanding Socratic dialogue techniques

Barriers to Effective Thinking

  • Identifying the 6 Barriers to Effective Thinking
  • Learning to Overcome the Barriers

Factors that Determine Effective Thinking

  • Identifying the Factors that Determine Effective Thinking
  • Determining the Various Thinking Strategies
  • Applying the Thinking Strategies
  • Customizing the Thinking Strategies to the Organization Profile

Mental Tricks and Treats

  • Mental & Visual Brain Teasers
  • Optical Illusions
  • Word Puzzles
  • Tactile Illusions

What To Do Now? - Thinking Situations

  • Plan and Action
  • Decision and Evaluation
  • Problem Solving and Design
  • Coping and Organizing

Ultimate Objectives of Thinking

  • Identifying Ultimate Objectives of Thinking
  • Ensuring that Ultimate Objectives are Met

Learning to Be Creative

  • Differences between Critical Thinking and Creative Thinking
  • What is Creativity?
  • Negative Attitudes that Block Creativity
  • Mental Blocks to Creative Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Positive Attitude for Creative Thinking
  • Creative Methods to Produce Creative Results
  • Attributes of a Creative Thinker

Who should attend

To all who are interested to understand the systematic approach to improve on their thinking skills.


Mr Daniel Theyagu is a training consultant and performance evaluator since 1989. He has designed and delivered customised training for many organisations ranging from small and medium enterprises, multi-national corporations and the public sector. His participants have come from various countries...

Next dates

Oct 21—22, 2019
2 days
SGD 631 ≈USD 460
SGD 315 per day

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