An interview with Richard Wells of Business Processes Inc. What is critical thinking? How does it help us resolve difficult issues, make better decisions, and solve problems.
Continuing an interview with Richard Wells of Business Processes Inc. What is critical thinking? How does it relate to creative thinking, whole-brain thinking (and more)?
Clarify the concept of causal chaining and root cause to improve corrective actions.
Root cause is redefined. Tips are offered to avoid logical errors, minimize frustration and obtain improved results.
A critique of a procedure intended to improve upon Masaaki Imai’s Five Whys.
Improve your Six Sigma results by adding BPI’s Critical Thinking and Project Management tools.
Learn how Deviation Management, Lean and Six Sigma can be improved.
This article identifies seven weaknesses of the classic Fishbone Diagram as a problem solving tool and the critical thinking remedies for these weaknesses. It also introduces the concept of the Thinking App.
A discussion with an experienced BPI instructor/consultant.
Could misaligned incentives be contributing to your organization’s problems?
What’s the best way to handle multiple projects? Learn one way for cutting average project durations 25-50%.
This article is from a discussion between OPR (Organizational Performance Resources) and BPI describing why critical thinking is essential to effective strategic planning.
This article is also an excerpt from an interview between OPR and BPI describing a common but challenging entry point for HRD interventions.
How to transform HRD from a training administration focus to thinking facilitation service gaining prestige and making a needed contribution.
This real life story, about a life or death situation, demonstrates the critical need for critical thinking skill even among highly trained professionals.
Yes/No. Go/No Go. Choose NOW! Find out how to quickly clarify the situation to improve your decision results.
Many companies provide training in interpersonal communication skills to improve abilities to share thinking about problems and decisions. But we have found that often good communication still is not enough. One of BPI’s expert consultants relates an experience with expert communicators and a long standing problem.
Dip ya and forget ya!
A self-assessment method for Kirkpatrick Levels Three and Four is reported to have been validated. Alan Scott applies a technique he read about in the book Elevators by John Noonan.
From Training Magazine, March 1999. This article describes one training supplier’s journey to selection of a distance learning mode.
This is a chapter taken from the Resource Guide To Performance Interventions published by Jossey-Bass Pfeiffer, January 1999. This is one of 50 interventions in the book. The article describes the creation and implementation of a critical thinking system for a manufacturing plant.
Waste, where it hides, how to find and eliminate it!
Creating efficient, streamlined processes – and keeping them that way. That is the focus of this article.
BPI’s critical thinking skills and project management methods can improve your organization’s capacity to have competent and trusted leadership.
How a good leader can coach employees to help them learn how to think better. A couple of brief coaching examples demonstrate how simple it can be to lead employees to create better results – if you yourself ask the right questions.
A good leader has clarity, accepts responsibility and has substance (not just a good style.) Get others on board to close the gap between the current reality and the organization’s (department’s or unit’s) vision.
Read what Lean-Sigma expert, Brad Wyrick, of Wyrick Enterprises (a Motorola Business Partner) says about critical thinking and process improvement.
The book TeamWork by Larson & LaFasto (Copyright © 1989 by Sage Publications) is an oldie but it contains much wisdom about what creates team success. It’s based on a three-year study of a wide range of teams seeking to determine what really separates exceptional performing teams from the others.
The following is an essay using excerpts from Stumbling On Happiness, the book written by Daniel Gilbert © 2006. In the essay, we predict some positive effects from the use of critical thinking in everyday life based upon Dan Gilbert’s research.
A rationale for gaining a career advantage from updating this important job skill even when you have many years of experience and schooling.