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Critical Thinking for Better Judgment and Decision-Making

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Teach your team how to think critically. Learn how to use critical thinking to avoid fallacies, spot biases, craft better arguments, hone judgment, and improve decision-making.

The pace of change and volume of information we encounter in daily life make it hard to think through decisions. Instead, people often rely on biases and rules of thumb, which trap them into drawing faulty conclusions. The most successful teams use critical thinking—objective and rational analysis—to illuminate the wisest conclusions. This course prepares leaders to hone the critical thinking skills of their entire organization. Learn how to upgrade critical thinking to avoid deceiving fallacies, spot misleading cognitive biases, craft better arguments, hone judgment, and improve decision-making. Instructor Becki Saltzman teaches skills that will improve how your company or team innovates, tackles challenges, and responds to change.


  • Upgrading critical thinking
  • Avoiding five critical-thinking killers
1. The Critical Thinking Difference
  • Critical versus strategic thinking
  • Seven ways to think about thinking
  • Conditions to think beneath the surface
2. Minimizing Bad Judgment
  • A Nobel Prize-winning way to think about thinking
  • Can you spot these cognitive biases?
3. Improving Decision Quality
  • The REF method: Your intuition referee
  • Using counterfactual thinking
  • Overcoming dangers of loss aversion
4. Critical Thinking Fallacies
  • Most common logical fallacies at work
  • Avoiding the planning fallacy
  • Using framing to your advantage
5. Creating the Critical Thinking Culture of Curiosity
  • Questions that fuel curiosity
  • Organizing a critical thinking workshop
  • Bonus tip

Taught by

Becki Saltzman

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