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CPDDU-0002 – Small Biz: Critical Thinking (CPDDU-0002_THINK)

Critical Thinking: How to Use Your Brain and Body To Think More Clearly and Decide More Effectively

Did you know that 95 percent of your decisions are made without ever thinking about them consciously? 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. Travis shares 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.

Then, Travis helps you 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 individuals is difficult; it becomes even more complicated in organizations where you have 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 Objectives
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 our ability to create good ideas and make effective decisions.
This course offers 7 CE hours.

One session
Sat., 8:30am–noon; 1-4:30pm, March 31, 2018
Location: Room 134, Sturm Hall, DU campus

Cost: $229 Professional
Discounts (use code when registering):
$199 DU Affiliates (alumni, faculty, staff)/ code: CPD30
$169 DU Student/ code: CPD60

As a teacher, executive, blogger and consultant, 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, consulting clients include small to medium software companies that are experiencing growth pains as well as a broad range of companies that wish to innovate more effectively. Travis enjoys outdoor sports, including bicycling, snowshoeing and hiking. He has climbed some of the highest mountains in Colorado, Mexico and Ecuador. In 2011, he bicycled across America, starting in Astoria, Oregon and finishing, seven weeks later, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He used the ride to raise $31,000 for the National MS Society. Travis holds a PhD in Information Science and Education from the University of Denver where he is now an adjunct faculty member.
Course Details
Location: DU Main CampusMode of Study: In-personPlaces Left: 47Waitlist Places Left: 20Fee: $229


Days of the WeekStart DateEnd DateTimeVenueInstructor
Saturday31st March 201831st March 201808:30AM - 12:00PMSturm HallGrover White
Saturday31st March 201831st March 201801:00PM - 04:30PMSturm HallGrover White