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CRITICAL THINKING & PROBLEM SOLVING WORKSHOP

3rd - 4th, August 2022
Virtual / Streaming

Unpack critical thinking as a mental process and set of action steps to address everyday problems

Overview

- Apply practical outcome-driven models for critical thinking and problem solving
- Expand your perspective and deepen your understanding of issues and problems impacting your work
- Understand team dynamics in problem solving and how to work with others in the process
- Overcome common roadblocks to critical thinking and problem solving

Speakers

Garry Mills

Garry has 25 years of diverse experience across the public and private sectors, including a former bodyguard to the Australian Prime Minister and other leaders in Australia and overseas.


His workshops and presentations blend his study of neuroscience, life experiences, storytelling, research, and practical tools that offer unique and engaging opportunities for your growth. Topics include:

·   Leadership & high performance

·   Mental health & wellbeing

·   Presentation skills

·   Critical thinking

·   Problem solving


Garry works with the public sector, executives, industry, athletes, and small business. He is a Beyond Blue speaker to help people achieve their best possible mental health, was a Team Australia athlete in a reality TV competition, and an Ironman triathlete.

Presenter & Coach
Garry Mills Peak Performance

Agenda

Workshop Day One
Workshop Day Two
Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Workshop

03 Aug - 04 Aug

Workshop

Critical thinking and problem solving as a key priority

- Review the current context and landscape for problem-solving 

- How critical thinking provides the necessary lens to frame problems rationally and produce evidence-based solutions

- How problem-solving ability could drive your career advancement in 2022 and beyond

 

Unpacking critical thinking techniques

- The cognitive principles, tools and strategies essential to critical thinking

- Reviewing critical thinking tools and taking stock of our own limitations and strengths

- How to think like a scientist - Learning how to objectively collect and evaluate evidence

- Whole-brain thinking; exploring creative thinking for generating new ideas and links, acting on intuition, imagining possibilities and connecting ideas through considering alternatives

- Understanding the barriers to critical and creative thinking

 

Problem-solving methods and key tools

- Reviewing common types of problems

- Exploring linear, non-linear and logic-based approaches to problem-solving

- Root cause analysis - getting to the heart of the problem 

- Mapping known and considering unknown variables

- How to select the right method and apply specific tools to solve a problem 

- Explore how Systems Thinking is applied to provide clarity 

- Creating a process map or mind map to provide clarity around the problem 

- Creative problem-solving techniques and activities

 

Working with others on problem-solving

- Facilitating a shared understanding of issues and problems 

- Learn to prepare and present powerful evidence-based arguments and solutions

- Resolving conflict and challenges in group problem solving

- Cognitive biases, ideological conflict and problems arising in groups


  • Garry Mills Presenter & Coach Garry Mills Peak Performance

Workshop

Definition: Understanding the problem

- Agreeing on the reality of the problem: Definition of key variables: known causal factors, structure, scope, stakeholder impact, interdependencies and constraints 

- Evaluating problem impacts

- Consider solution criteria and problem-solving deliverables

 

Analysis: Identifying and evaluating possible solutions

- Evaluate solutions based on feasibility, impact and risk

- How to approach complex or ‘wicked problems’ (problems resistant to conventional resolution)

- Review tools, priorities and resources available (including expertise) 


Implementation: The problem-solving process in action

- Approaching the problem-solving process as a system, applying a critical thinking lens at all stages, consider: 

- Analysis of variables, root-cause analysis and interdependencies 

- Design of possible solutions, opportunities or courses of action

- Selection and deployment of solution

- Decision on Implementation 

- Monitoring, learning and evaluation 

 

Cultivating your skills and maintaining your edge as a critical thinker

- Wrap up discussion on key themes 

- What will you do differently as a result of this program?

- Develop your action plan to implement on your return to work


  • Garry Mills Presenter & Coach Garry Mills Peak Performance

Pricing

Venue

Online Delivery

Virtual / Streaming

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