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CPDDU-0002 – Critical Thinking (CPDDU-0002_THINK)

Critical Thinking: How to Make Good Decisions (and Avoid Stupid Mistakes)

Did you know that 95 percent of our decisions are made without ever consciously thinking about them? Incredibly, this means that only 5 percent of our decisions result from higher-level, critical thinking—and even those decisions may be the result of flawed processes. Join teacher and executive Travis White as he helps you understand how to develop a clear, effective critical-thinking process. First, examine your own “factory-installed biases” – those instincts you were born with but may have no awareness of. Then, armed with a better understanding of the foundation you’re working upon, learn how to be a better critical thinker. Get tips to help you slow down, ask insightful questions, and reframe the dilemmas you face. (For example, learn to reframe “whether or not” questions in order to open your mind to better alternatives.)

Finally, learn how to apply your skills in two arenas of your life:
  • Thinking as an individual: How do you perceive and relate to the world around you? How do you deceive yourself? How do you know if something is true? How can you think strategically?
  • Thinking within an organization: Thinking as an individual within an organization is more complicated because of the added pressures of social and political status, profit motives, and authority hierarchies. How can you make good decisions? How can you improve decision processes? How can you spur innovation while avoiding debacles?
Come away with a newfound awareness of your own critical-thinking processes, tools to improve your critical-thinking skills, and the ability to put them into regular practice, personally and professionally.

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course, you should be able to:
  • Use the basic elements of critical thinking to understand your biases, think more clearly, and make more effective decisions
  • Use the tenets of critical thinking to evaluate evidence more effectively, judge the validity of information, and avoid jumping to conclusions that are not warranted by the evidence
  • Use the elements of decision science to separate decision processes from decision outcomes and develop better decision-making processes
  • Understand why organizational decisions often result in poor outcomes, and identify structures and processes that can improve organizational outcomes
  • Identify methods for creating good ideas and recognize the role of diversity in improving your ability to create good ideas and make effective decisions
This course offers 7 CE hours

One session
Saturday, September 29, 2018; 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Lunch on your own
Location: DU Campus, Daniel’s College of Business, Room 110

Cost: $185
Discounts (use code when registering):
DU Affiliates (alumni, faculty, staff): $165 - code: CPD20
DU Student: $145 – code: CPD40

Travis White has worked in marketing and organizational development since 1978. As an executive, he has helped lead companies through myriad transitions including mergers, acquisitions, technology migrations, spin-offs and IPOs. He has held C-level positions at several technology companies, including J.D. Edwards, Lawson Software, Datria and Solbourne Computer. Travis produces articles on strategy, innovation, branding and critical thinking for his website, He holds a PhD in Information Science and Education from the University of Denver where he is now an adjunct faculty member.
Course Details
Location: University ParkMode of Study: In-personPlaces Left: 19Waitlist Places Left: 15Fee: $185


Days of the WeekStart DateEnd DateTimeVenueInstructor
Saturday29th September 201829th September 201809:00AM - 04:30PMDaniels College of BusinessGrover White