Unleash the brainpower of your employees = Own more profit.
You need your staff to think critically. More than that, you need them to think how your organization thinks. To solve problems, design solutions and make decisions the same way you do.
But how many of your new hires fit that bill? Unfortunately, there’s a significant mismatch between career preparation in college and real-life requirements in the workforce. College usually doesn’t endow students with much in the way of critical thinking skills, and it definitely doesn’t teach your organization’s unique style of thinking.
And those thinking competencies don’t just develop naturally ‘on the job’. They need to be taught. Which, as you know, can take a very long time, particularly if you’re not an expert in teaching cognitive and metacognitive strategies.
But there is another option: team training from Thinking Habitats. We are experts in teaching cognitive and metacognitive strategies. In fact, our founder, Dr. Florian Feucht, has two PhDs in it (one in Curriculum Research and Development, and one in Educational Psychology), and he’s spent the last 9 years as a Professor of Educational Psychology! He also has graduate qualifications in Gifted and Talented Education.
We’ll help get everyone on the same page and working toward the same goals. No matter who they are, or where they’re from. Any college, any previous workplace, and culture, any generation. Whether they’re new hires or existing staff, select individuals or the entire team.
What they'll learn
We'll analyse your thinking culture, then immerse your employees in it, using best-practices and empirical insights from the field of cognitive psychology. Practices that have been proven to deliver improved learning outcomes.
Participants will learn to:
Assess the strength and quality of information, and justify why certain explanations are better argued than others, specific to the area of professional expertise.
Develop and navigate decision making using flow charts and information networks optimized for changing context, complexity, and urgency levels.
Identify and orchestrate criteria, strategies, and processes to accelerate business performance at the individual, unit and system levels.
Use methods of discovery and justification to generate new and alternative ways of thinking about processes, products and impact.
Develop simulations to test predictions and draw conclusions.
They’ll also become engaged in your thinking culture, and develop a sense of ownership over it, both of which will significantly reduce their desire to move on to another company, and increase their desire to perform for yours.
Just as importantly, trained employees typically go on to become very powerful role models in your organization. Their influence can gradually change your organization’s thinking culture from the inside, so you don’t have to put all your employees through training.
Training format & details
Your team will participate in face-to-face group work within their normal work environment, facilitated by an industry expert mentor from Thinking Habitats.
Training duration will vary according to your needs. Most organizations require a minimum of 2 days, and some engage us to conduct ongoing, project-based training over a period of 1-2 months.
An immersive, competency-based Team Training typically includes 4 phases:
Phase 1: Critical Thinking
The first phase of the program is an online module that teaches critical thinking skills. This ensures your entire team has the same baseline skills before moving onto the more challenging phases ahead. Note that this, like all our modules, is competency based. Anyone who has already mastered critical thinking skill will progress through this phase faster, and move on to the next.
Phase 2: Problem Based Learning
This phase addresses scenarios that are common within your workplace and industry, using learned thinking tools. For example, participants might be asked to optimize a workflow including decision criteria and decision points. Or they might asked to find three solutions to one problem, provide an argument regarding which is the best, then simulate an implementation of all three solutions using different software programs to examine outcomes, goal setting, and cost.
Phase 3: Group Activities
Your team will learn communication and leadership skills as essential extension of their critical thinking skills. This includes how to communicate and collaborate on identifying and framing problems, and designing and evaluating solutions. It also covers:
How to use criteria, strategies, and process within and between teams and departments (e.g., Marketing and R&D think very differently).
How to bridge the generational world-views of seasoned employees and new hires.
How to strengthen thinking cultures by embracing the diverse perspectives and experiences of individual employees (e.g., race, color, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability and age).
This is all best achieved in hands-on group activities, with dedicated time for practising learned competencies to make them permanent.
Phase 4: Project-based mentoring for individuals and small teams
Learners work on real-life projects, and receive mentoring to ensure they practice their new skills to make them permanent. This includes implementing, reflecting on, optimizing, and transferring them to new situations and problems. They might, for example, re-design a workflow that is optimized for effectiveness while accounting for more variables. This phase of the training is incredibly powerful, because it’s when the training, learning environment and work environment truly become one.
How they’ll be assessed
We’ve developed our own psychometric assessment tools to benchmark your team’s critical thinking competence, including their knowledge, skills, and attitudes toward thinking.
Also ideal for change management
Our Team Training program is also ideal if your organization is (or will soon be) undergoing significant change, such as:
Upon completion of our Team Training program, each team member will receive a certificate listing the advanced thinking competencies they’ve mastered, including scope, context, goal, and performance.
Exclusive, patent-pending methodology
Thinking Habitats employs a patent-pending teaching methodology that encompasses a ground-breaking set of educational strategies and software tools, applied in a proven-effective sequence.