National Seminars Group & Padgett Thompson
a division of Rockhurst University Continuing Education Center
Course Description

Secrets of Successful Critical Thinking & Creative Problem Solving
Complex problems and significant challenges require a whole new level of careful analysis and disciplined thought. If you’re facing tough decisions, you need every advantage you can get.

A practical approach to strategic thinking, problem solving, and decision making. In other words, a day of training that’s absolutely CRITICAL for EVERY success-minded professional!

Program Description:


First, let’s begin by acknowledging that you’re smart. So this course has nothing to do with whether or not you’re a brainiac. We completely agree that you’re a pretty sharp cookie … after all, you’re smart enough to be reading this brochure!

So this course isn’t about raising your IQ. Instead, think of this training like looking at your world in “high definition”: We’re going to help you see things more clearly and from a very different perspective that will lead to new ideas … new solutions … and true breakthroughs for your organization and your career!


We all get stuck in ruts. Simply put – ruts stink. That’s why it’s so important to take a fresh look at the “to-dos” on your plate. This seminar is your chance to see things you simply don’t see when you’re elbows-deep in things to be done and surrounded by people demanding your undivided attention (you know … pretty much every day at work!).

When you attend Secrets of Successful Critical Thinking & Creative Problem Solving, you’ll spend a very important day off the “workday treadmill,” and devote a full day to exploring your challenges from a fresh perspective. you’ll learn how to …


You’ve got a good head on your shoulders. But, as sharp as your skills are, and as good as your natural instincts are, sometimes you’re left scratching your head, wondering what you should do. That’s why this training is perfect for you … it gives you that edge that only a few people have: the ability to creatively work through any problem to create on-target decisions that will hold up over time. It’s a critical skill for the workplace that’ll assure you’re always seen as highly valuable … and in high demand!

So what are you waiting for? Make the only decision that will truly demonstrate just how smart you really are: sign up for this critical seminar today!

What You'll Learn

  • Understand your unique thinking strengths and weaknesses
  • Gather and assess information critical to making well-informed decisions
  • Identify and overcome common thinking traps we all fall into
  • Discipline your mind to be open to think in a whole new way
  • Understand the “human side” at play in the business situations you’re dealing with
  • Factor the “unknown” into your decision-making strategies
  • Evaluate the risks vs. the rewards of possible solutions: know the potential consequences before you act
  • Overcome the obstacles that get in the way of critical thinking and creative problem solving
  • Put on different “thinking hats” required for problem resolution in different types of situations
  • Handle any complex problem more effectively by breaking it down into manageable “chunks”
  • Weigh competing interests and priorities: how do you know which factors matter most?
  • Recognize when your – and others’ – assumptions will get you into deep trouble
  • Become an “idea machine” so you can generate innovative solutions to your challenges
  • Brainstorming techniques that help you work with others to generate more and better solutions
  • Master “think tank tools” that the pros

Your Guarantee of Complete Satisfaction

We stand behind our seminars with a 100 percent , iron-clad, money-back guarantee of satisfaction. If for any reason you’re not completely satisfied with the solid skills, the tips, tools and shortcuts, and the crucial information you receive during this workshop, we’ll refund your money in full. Every penny. Guaranteed!

Program Hours:
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Registration begins at
8:30 a.m.

Group Discount: When 3 enroll from your organization, a 4th attends FREE!

Lunch is on your own.

Continuing Education:
Continuing education credits may be recognized by your professional board. Contact your own board to find out what's required.

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