Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA) Northern - Critical Thinking and Decision Making

Critical Thinking and Decision Making

Rational reasoning for managers and leaders

Poor thinking strategies can lead to poor decisions. At the organisational level, this can adversely affect your organisation’s performance and be extremely costly. At the personal level, the ability to make rational and logical decisions is crucial to ensuring the best outcomes in your professional and personal life. Yet few people ever consider their thought processes and how they come to decisions.

This workshop will get you thinking ‘critically’.


If you wish to learn more about critical thought, and make more productive decisions that affect you and your business, this workshop will help. It is suited to team leaders, managers and owners in any industry or sector. This one-day workshop will provide you with the framework to think more clearly and improve your decision-making skills.


So that you achieve a grounding in the concepts of critical thinking, learn how to recognise negative thought processes, and achieve improved outcomes through better decision making, this workshop includes:
• The definition of critical thinking and why utilise it.
• Our error prone brain.
• The Thinking Toolbox.
• The Thinkers’ Maturity Staircase.
• Recognising 21 thinking errors.
• Socratic questioning skills.
• The elements and structure of reasoning.
• The Six Core Cognitive Skills.


• Understand why you, your team and organisation need to improve the quality of your thinking.
• Recognise flawed thinking when you witness it.
• Distinguish between scepticism and cynicism.
• Apply the techniques of The Thinker’s Tool Box.
• Utilise Socratic thinking techniques.
• Test information for accuracy and relevance.
• Make important decisions, and evaluate and analyse information more effectively.


Geoff Wake​

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