Applying Critical Thinking: Mastering the Essential Skills


The two-day programme is specially curated to deliver a pragmatic, real-world application of critical thinking at the workplace, and in life. The framework behind this programme is a culmination of the collective experiences of students, professional and executives the designer of this programme had encountered over the years in his work as a facilitator, coach and management consultant.

There is a myriad of (often convoluted) critical thinking methodologies/processes available. That’s if you are able to unpack what each step in the process expects of you. Simply getting you to practice the critical thinking process without first working on the essential skills – like trying to make beef rendang without first learning how to sauté and braise – is guaranteed to make a mess of the meal.

Learning Objectives

This programme is designed to deconstruct the concepts and practice into core essential skills that supports one’s ability to think critically. The prime objective is for each learner to be able to apply these skills in isolation or in a variety of combinations to address different situations and scenarios. A skill is only useful if it can be used.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the programme, the learner will be able to:

Understand why, when and how to think critically

Demonstrate each essential skill through collaborative learning and activities

Synthesize concepts and skills and apply them to a variety of situations

Apply these skills to a given thinking process

Practice critical thinking process through a variety of real-world exercises


Think differently to alter direction.

The experience of learning to read and write for the first time is likely to remain vivid in your memory. The skill is ingrained and it stays.  The primary objective of our training and workshop is to make your new knowledge and abilities as durable as the ones you've already accumulated.  They foster fresh ideas. They enable great feats. Individual behaviour and attitude contribute to your organization's success is what we prioritise.

Combining experiential, instructional, and discovery learning with current coaching technology promotes profound transformations in attitudes and behaviour that enable sustainable change in your business. These adjustments improve results.

Our programmes involve with 12 unique learning methodology as below:

Learning Outline

Day 1

Module 1: Introduction to Critical Thinking

  • There’s thinking… and there’s THINKING
  • The Thinking Process - How do I think?
  • My Start Point in Critical Thinking

Module 2: Critical Thinking Principles

  • Why - Purpose and goal
  • What - Getting the relevant information and data
  • What Else - Assumptions, biases, predispositions, my view vs contrarian view
  • So What - Meaning, reasoning, inference, interpretation
  • What Then - Intended/unintended consequences, implications
  • Why Think Critically and When

Module 3: The Role of Emotions

  • Understanding and Embracing Emotions
  • From Self-Awareness to Relationship Management
  • Impact of Emotions on Thinking

Module 4: Essential Skills to Critical Thinking - Asking Powerful Questions

  • Asking Powerful of Other and of Self
  • Types of Powerful Questions and What it Does
  • What to Ask and How

Day 2

Module 5: Essential Skills to Critical Thinking - Thinking Outside-the-Box

  • Using Divergent-Convergent Thinking
  • Tapping on Diversity

Module 6: Essential Skills to Critical Thinking - Research

  • Sources of Information and Impact on our Behaviour
  • Processing and Validating Information
  • Closing the Knowledge Gap

Module 7: Essential Skills to Critical Thinking - Reflection

  • Reflective Thinking
  • Reflection Before, During and After Activity
  • Reflect on "My Start Point in Critical Thinking" - Moving the needle

Module 8: Applying the Critical Thinking Process

  • Introduction to the CA3SE Model
  • Case studies and group work: Using critical thinking in decision-making and problem-solving

Module 9: Critical Thinking in the Team Context

  • Collaborative Thinking - tapping on diversity
  • Looping Questions
  • The Role of Collaborative Tools and Technology

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