50 Activities for Developing Critical Thinking Skills

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50 Activities for Developing Critical Thinking Skills contains 50 fully reproducible training activities to develop quick thinking, creative thinking and analytical thinking skills. This compendium of activities will add real value to your training by taking critical thinking skills out of the box and into the workplace. Learners will sharpen their critical thinking skills and develop a thought process that is creative, accurate, and assumption-free.

50 Activities for Developing Critical Thinking Skills is designed for decision-makers and problem-solvers who don’t always have the luxury of advance preparation.

Given sufficient lead time, most of us could prepare responses or presentations reflective of our abilities, and come up with replies and responses worthy of our backgrounds and training. But what happens when we are called upon to make a statement “on the spot,” to make a decision without having all the facts, to solve a problem that will only be exacerbated by delay? Often, we become paralyzed by the urgency of the moment. Our thought processes stop. Our organizational abilities abandon us. But the ability to think quickly and speak quickly formulated thoughts is not an innate ability. It can be developed. The exercises in this book parallel Lee Iacocca’s advice to would-be executives: “The best thing you can do for your career is learn to think on your feet.”

The collection included in 50 Activities for Developing Critical Thinking Skills also emphasizes creative thinking, and stresses communication skills in keeping with recent research findings. Running through the fabric of all these activities, though, are problem-solving threads. Of 1000 surveyed executives, a study found that the skills most needed among employees were problem-solving, writing, and time management, in that order. It’s been said that at the most basic level, everything comes together; it is all intellectually integrated, if we regard life as a series of problems to be solved. Quick thinking, creative thinking, and problem-solving skills all help us to think critically.