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CPDDU-0002 – Critical Thinking: Make Good Decisions (and avoid stupid mistakes) (CPDDU-0002_THINK)

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

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 think critically. Get tips to help you slow down, ask insightful questions, and reframe the dilemmas you face.

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: 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
Upon completing this course, students will 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, March 16, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM (30 minute lunch on your own)
DU Campus

Cost: $250
Discounts (use code when registering):
DU Affiliates (alumni, faculty, staff): 10% off - code: CPDUCOL10
Students: 15% off - code: CPDUCOL15


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, 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: 29Waitlist Places Left: 15Fee: $250


Days of the WeekStart DateEnd DateTimeVenueInstructor
Saturday16th March 201916th March 201909:00AM - 04:30PMN/AN/A