Today's management environment is more complex and more daunting than ever before. Managers face circumstances daily which call for well-honed skills in critical-thinking.
Critical thinking is a self-regulating process which aims at improving the quality of our thinking. It pursues this aim by first identifying and then holding in check any habits and patterns of thought which limit the wisdom and efficacy of our judgments and decisions.
Ironically, fewer and fewer people are trained to be critical thinkers as part of their academic preparation. In many colleges and universities it's now possible to obtain a degree without taking a single course which requires rigorous critical thought.
SLDI developed this course on Critical Thinking Skills for Managers after companies began asking us to equip newer managers with more effective analytical abilities. The course was developed and is delivered by Dr. Mike Armour, who holds a PhD in the history of ideas.
But this is not a course on philosophy. Instead, it lays out time-proven methods for thinking critically. Then, drawing on challenging case studies, it applies these methods to real-life business and organizational scenarios.
We tailor this training to your organization's unique leadership and management challenges and to its specific needs. Customization is included in the standard fee.
At present, all LeaderPerfect leadership and management trainings are conducted by Dr. Mike Armour, SLDI's founder and managing principal.
We deliver this course worldwide as an in-house, off-site, or conference event. Please note: Our courses are not currently open for public enrollment. We conduct trainings exclusively for organizations who contract with us for this service.
The content of this course can be adapted for virtual delivery. However, we recommend in-person training, because it makes for a better and more complete learning experience.
We only offer presentations in English, but are glad to utilize translators in non-English settings. For decades, Dr. Mike Armour (the instructor) has teamed with translators to conduct trainings on four continents.
Based on your needs and scheduling requirements, we offer this course in a variety of time frames.
In North America (and for virtual presentations anywhere in the world), multi-day trainings can be conducted on non-consecutive days. You can even schedule sessions weeks apart. This permits you to provide monthly or quarterly training programs and use Critical Thinking Skills for Managers as the curriculum.
Extensive handouts, PowerPoint presentations, group discussion, case studies, small-group breakouts, video clips, application exercises
The price for this courses is an all-inclusive flat-fee. The fee is determined by the number of training days, not the number of participants. This allows you to contract and budget for specific training dates without knowing how many people will attend.
Your total fee depends on several factors. For a full explanation, see our standard training fee schedule
Here is a sample of themes typically covered in Critical Thinking Skills for Managers. The final outline is always developed in collaboration with the client. And at the client's request, the course may include topics not listed below.