Thinking Development Modular Program

Empower Your Growth: Personal Effectiveness for Success!


Start: November 18, 2024

Location: online

Language: Ukrainian

Attendance fee: $270

About course

There is a stereotype that every person has a certain type of thinking - someone has an "analytical mindset," someone is very creative, and someone can think strategically. This statement is only partially true, because the human brain is very plastic, and you can develop thinking skills in the same way as you can build muscles through physical training. This course covers several different areas, which, when combined, can significantly improve your ability to think outside the box, systematically or analytically:

  • Creative and lateral thinking: what to do when you need to improve an existing thing or create a new one from scratch? How to find innovative solutions and make ideas relevant to the company and the client? These and many other questions will be answered in the first module of the Thinking Development Program.
  • Critical and Analytical Thinking: The interactive program of this module allows you to learn more about the reasons why we act irrationally through case studies and exercises, and to find ways to overcome this using the tools of critical and analytical thinking. Learn how to work with information efficiently and impartially, as well as analyze system components, make decisions, and improve your performance.
  • Systems Thinking and Design Thinking: This module will introduce participants to systems thinking approaches for a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between business elements. You will also learn about the tools and stages of design thinking, a customer-centered approach to creating solutions, products, and services.
About course
Upon completion of this course you will be able to:
Identify anti-innovative barriers

and stereotypical thinking when solving problems

Generate more ideas

 per unit of time using idea-generation techniques

Identify cognitive biases

when making decisions and analyzing information, as well as counteract them

Distinguish manipulations,

low-quality information, and violations of logic in the information field

Know and choose appropriate tools

of critical thinking and analytical approaches depending on the task

Develop a comprehensive vision

for building and developing systems

Find systemic solutions

 by analyzing and addressing the root causes of the problem

Cultivate human-centeredness

as an approach to improving activity and product

Modular program

By purchasing the modular program, you get access to all three courses: Creative and lateral thinking, Critical and Analytical Thinking, Systems Thinking and Design Thinking with a 30% discount


Start: October 15, 2024

Location: online

Language: Ukrainian

Attendance fee: $387 $270

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Program structure

Module 1
Creative and Lateral Thinking
(November 18,-20)

1. Thinking “out of the box”

  • Creative and Lateral thinking from theory to practical development.

  • Flexibility of thought: how to keep up with changes and trends.

  • Analyzing common ant-innovative barriers.

  • Practical examination of ways to overcome anti-innovative barriers


2. Principles and Techniques of Idea Generation


  • Principles of individual and team idea generation techniques.

  • Thinking together: analyzing techniques for team idea generation, brainstorming, and creative meetings.

  • Combining: techniques based on combination and associations.

  • Visualizing ideas


3. Idea Generation Techniques


  • Dividing: techniques based on analysis and decomposition of tasks.

  • Seeing differently: techniques for prompting consideration of situations from different angles.

  • Applying Technology: Tips on Using AI, Applications, and Tools for Idea Creation and Development

  • Challenge: How to Improve Ideas


Live sessions: November 18, 19 and 20 at 19:00

Module 2
Critical and Analytical Thinking
(December 2-4)

1. Critical Thinking

  • Critical Thinking: definition and examples of application in life and business

  • Daniel Kahneman's Thinking Systems: how judgments and conclusions are made

  • Cognitive Biases: causes and methods of minimization

  • Influence of emotions on decision making


2. Principles of Critical Thinking

  • Components of critical thinking

  • Express testing of critical thinking

  • Laws of logic and logical paradoxes explained simply

  • How and why logic laws are violated?

  • Critical thinking for problem solving and decision making

  • Methods of search, evaluation, and decision making


3. Analytical Thinking

  • Analytics at different levels: personal, business, macro levels

  • Channels of information perception - how and where to obtain more

  • What can be done with information: analysis, synthesis, systematization, evaluation, and interpretation

  • Visualization and structuring of information

  • Criteria and structure of quality information delivery: argumentation and counterargumentation

  • Lifehacks on being more persuasive orally and in writing

  • Daily principles of information hygiene


Live sessions: December 2, 3 and 4 at 19:00

Module 3
Systems and Design Thinking
(December 16-18)

1. Systems Thinking

  • Understanding Systems: definition of a system and its archetypes.

  • Examination of a system example and principles of its construction.

  • Systems thinking for problem-solving and decision-making.


2. System Building

  • System Mapping and Modeling.

  • System Dynamics.

  • Scenario Planning.


3: Design Thinking

  • Immersion in the topic of design thinking and inspiring case studies from global practice.

  • Empathize and Define: understanding the customer through studying experience.

  • Ideas Generation and Selection: creating target solutions.

  • Prototyping and Testing: rapid prototyping and feedback gathering.


Live sessions: December 16, 17 and 18 at 19:00

About your instructor
Dr. Yuriy Bots, Dean, <br>School of Management, AUK
Dr. Yuriy Bots, Dean,
School of Management, AUK
Olha Shapovalova
Olha Shapovalova



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Frequently asked questions
What is the language of instruction for this course?

Ukrainian language of instruction, while materials are in both Ukrainian and English.

Are there any prerequisites for this course?


How much time will I have to spend learning while taking this course?

Each module will have 3 sessions, lasting from 90 to 120 minutes. Totally this makes 9 sessions with up to 18 hours of total time dedication

What kind of assignments will I have to complete?

Individual self-reflection exercises.

What is the grading system for this course?