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VPS 3-4 CRITICAL THINKING & PROBLEM SOLVING

21st - 22nd, March 2023
Virtual / Streaming

Develop essential critical thinking skills and problem solving abilities required of VPS 3-4 officers

Overview

- Apply practical outcome-driven models for critical thinking and problem solving
- Unpack critical thinking as a mental process and set of action steps to address everyday problems
- Leverage the skills of creative and lateral thinking in complex problem solving
- Overcome common roadblocks to critical thinking and problem solving

Speakers

Kym Viant

Kym is an exceptional leader in all aspects of learning and development. He is passionate about helping leaders, managers and young professionals recognise and overcome obstacles in the way of them realising their full potential. Kym is an exceptional facilitator, with accreditations in Emotional & Social Competency Inventory, LSI/GSI, DiSC and Level 2 Organisational Coaching. Kym provided 24 years of outstanding service with the Royal Australian Navy, which included active service in hostile environments and key strategic roles that delivered mission-critical communications, recruitment, training and development, mentoring, engagement and change management.

Leadership Facilitator & Coach
Quench Group

Agenda

Workshop Day One
Workshop Day Two
VPS 3-4 Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

21 Mar - 22 Mar

Workshop

Critical thinking and problem solving as a key priority in the VPS

- Review the current context and landscape for problem-solving in the VPS

- Why problem-solving has been identified as a top skilling priority across all levels of the VPS

- 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

 

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

 

Problem-solving methods and key tools

- Reviewing common types of problems

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

- Explore how Systems Thinking is applied to provide clarity around root causes, interdependencies, possible constraints and outcomes

- 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 

  • Kym Viant Leadership Facilitator & Coach Quench Group

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

  • Kym Viant Leadership Facilitator & Coach Quench Group

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