This modular and blended course is delivered over three half days; virtually or two days when in-line.

The first public course delivered on-line include: (all mornings) January 10th, 16th and 18th

Participants learn to use ‘Critical Thinking’ as the basis for successful problem solving and decision making.

The training covers three aspects of Critical Thinking:

Focus & Reasoning: (3 Hours)

  • Learning to separate Passion V Emotion to gain clear focus
  • Understanding the difference between clear reasons and false logic
  • Applying the ‘Tree Diagram’ logic mapping technique to produce clear, structure arguments
  • Using Cool Logic in Hot Situations - dealing with false reasoning in meetings and discussion

Problem Solving & Decision Making: (3 Hours)

  • Introduction to 2 common problem solving/decision making models
  • Finding the core and scope of the problem using Socratic questioning
  • Dealing with Biases and short cut thinking
  • Exploring Innovative Options
  • Framing questions to achieve the best answers
  • Overcoming obstacles to achieve sustainable actions

Communication: (2 Hours)

Introduction to the most important aspect of problem solving and decision making – Implementation

  • With Critical Thinking, we learn that our strongest argument can be our weakest link.
  • Learners role play the implementation of a decision by appealing to the logic of the listener, and not the speaker.
  • Channelling Aristotle - ‘The fool tells me his reasons, the wise man persuades me with my own’
  • The session ends with a revisit of the decision making models with discussion on the challenges and opportunities for use in the workplace.

All learning experience is through explanation, exploration and exercises.

The Engineering Skillnet is co-funded by Skillnet Ireland and member companies. Skillnet Ireland is funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science. For further information or to request other dates and an in-company delivery, please contact

Start Date January 10, 2024
Duration Three half-days
Delegate Price €280 (+VAT)
Type Virtual events