Critical Thinking for Team Leaders


We plan to offer this program via live, online learning as an interactive virtual learning experience. If you have questions about the online delivery of this program, please reach out to us. Outside readings, offline examinations, or other individual exercises may be required.

This program is offered over four mornings to provide time for you to think through and immediately apply what you learn.

  • August 5, 2021 (Optional pre-session) | 8:30 – 9 a.m. or 1:30 to 2:00 p.m. ET
  • August 9, 2021 | 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET
  • August 10, 2021 | 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET
  • August 11, 2021 | 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET
  • August 12, 2021 | 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET


We live in a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) world in which organizations must cope with fickle expectations and ferocious competition. This environment imposes higher cognitive demands on leaders. They are expected to make accurate judgements and decisions about a broader range of issues, more quickly, and more often. The consequences of error show up faster and often with a significantly higher cost to individuals and the organization.

The reality is that leaders have more responsibilities, more conflicting demands, more disruption, more distraction and are expected to drive more change across the organization. This translates into less time for analysis, likely imperfect or insufficient data, and higher levels of stress. These factors combine to ‘push’ leaders to rely on error-prone intuition, often a “gut feeling,” and to make decisions based on erroneous information.

The Broad College of Business Executive Development Programs offers Critical Thinking Skills for Team Leaders: Skills for Problem Solving and Problem Prevention program to help meet an ongoing demand for critical thinking skills among those who lead teams and those who build teams. After attending this program, participants will be able to utilize new strategies for effective problem solving and decision making. As a consequence, they will be empowered to prevent their usual problems and different, oncoming challenges. By maximizing critical thinking and reasoning, individuals will enhance their most important resource and the ultimate competitive advantage — their minds.

Developing Critical thinking Skills is Vital to a Team Leader’s Effectiveness
Critical thinking underpins effective decision-making
Critical thinking is central to learning agility (self-directed learning from experience)
The modern approach to strategic management mirrors a critical thinking approach
Critical thinking is essential to competing as a high reliability organization
Leaders who are good at critical thinking cast a mighty leadership shadow
Critical thinking is essential to leveraging the minds of your people

Key Learning Outcomes

After attending this program, participants will:

  • Understand how to think critically using a structured process
  • Learn the six-step Critical Thinking strategy that incorporates ‘disciplined instinctive thinking’
  • Evaluate how critical thinking relates to root cause analysis and effective problem solving
  • Assess the importance of being a skeptical and independent thinker
  • Analyze how to identify and value cognitive errors in thinking
  • Prevent the illusion of ‘causality’ that leads misperceptions and misidentified cause and effect
  • Compare the difference between “instinctive thinking” and “ingenious thinking”
  • Apply strategies for overcoming instinctive thinking and leveraging reasoning ability
  • Examine simple, yet powerful cognitive strategies such as Einstein’s Needles and Occam’s Razor
  • Recognize how innovative thinking (creativity) plays a crucial role in critical thinking.

These learning objectives will be achieved through faculty instruction, group discussions, and interactive exercises.


Michael Rip, Ph.D., M.Sc.(Med), is the founding director of the MSU’s Healthcare Management Program and an Assistant Professor of Management for the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. He has collaborated extensively with the School of Criminal Justice to strategize a framework for intelligence analysts and law enforcement offices within the FBI and the United States Department of Homeland Security. Rip has integrated problem prevention science and critical thinking for innovation leaders in major corporations such as Microsoft, Amway, and Blue Cross Blue Shield. He is the founder of MindLeap, a consulting firm offering training around the world for improved decision-making, problem solving, and innovation.

Who Should Attend?

Critical Thinking Skills for Team Leaders: Skills for Problem Solving and Problem Prevention is for those who are responsible for anticipating and addressing problems. Former participants include intelligence analysts, research and design directors, engineering managers, operations managers, information system designers, enterprise system managers, financial analysis managers, vice presidents of strategy and team leaders from a variety of businesses and professions.


With more than 10 years of providing online, interactive learning programs, the Broad College invites you to experience our unique and engaging approach to learning in a live, online program. In the live, online delivery format, you will connect to a web conferencing platform to participate in the program. You will interact with the instructor and your fellow participants throughout the four mornings. Whether you want to expand or refresh your knowledge, you will gain tremendous value and insights from our extensive experience.


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$2,395, which includes instruction, all educational materials, general technical support and a certificate of completion. Registrations and payment received before or on July 12, 2021 secure the early bird rate of $1,995.