Critical Thinking and Communication

How often have you struggled to get to the core of an issue or to clearly organize your thinking on a question? If you are like most executives, it's happened more often than you'd like. Our critical thinking program will demonstrate tools that are proven to be effective in organizing both problem-solving efforts and business communications.

November 3 & 5 / 5:00–9:00 p.m. / $1500
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  • Audience
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This session will focus on:

  • Answering the question, “What problem am I trying to solve?”
  • Laying out a clear analytical framework for developing solutions
  • Developing a logical structure for communicating recommendations to senior management
  • Applying these tools in a pragmatic way to real-world problems.

Be prepared to bring an existing situation or case with you to work on in class.

This program is designed for mid-level to senior executives. Typical titles include director, supervisor, manager, group leader, or team leader.

Examples of past participant titles include:

  • Bose Corporation
    Applications Engineer

  • Thomson Reuters
    Development Operations Manager

  • Abra Auto Body and Glass Inc.
    Director of Business Development


  • What you will gain
  • How to take a difficult situation and determine an effective problem definition
  • Tools and techniques for developing a logical analytical framework
  • How to develop a clear communication framework to deliver findings and results

Executive Education
Carlson School of Management
University of Minnesota
321 19th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0438


Phil Miller Philip Miller, Carlson Executive Education instructor and Assistant Dean, MBA Programs, Carlson School of Management.


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