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Critical Thinking for Innovation and Peak Performance (e2i)(SFC) 


The main objective of this course is to enable participants to have a systematic approach to the development of thinking skills. The course will walk the participants through a step by step process, starting with the introduction of thinking tools and then systematically considering thinking situations before going on to explore creativity. 


Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

1. Demonstrate and identify with different styles of thinking and determine their personal preferences
2. Identify how to challenge assumptions and expand perceptions about situations
3. Arrive at better conclusions and decisions more often
4. Influence and persuade others with clear thinking and clear language
5. Move from idea to solution through pulling others into the implementation
6. Apply what has been learnt to the day-to-day operation of the organization


1. Human Rationality
• What is Human Rationality?
• Multiple Intelligence
• Interpersonal Intelligence
• Intrapersonal Intelligence

2. Introduction to Critical Thinking
• Thinking about Thinking
• What Most People Don’t Know About Thinking
• Recognize what makes Excellent Critical Thinking
• Whole Brain Thinking: Getting Beyond the Boundaries
• Understand how Critical Thinking works in a Team Setting

3. How Do You Know That? Challenging Assumptions
• Use Active Listening and Effective Communication Strategies to Build Rapport while Probing for Assumptions
• Understanding Socratic dialogue techniques

4. Barriers to Effective Thinking
• Identifying the 6 Barriers to Effective Thinking
• Learning to Overcome the Barriers

5. Factors that Determine Effective Thinking
• Identifying the Factors that Determine Effective Thinking
• Determining the Various Thinking Strategies
• Applying the Thinking Strategies
• Customizing the Thinking Strategies to the Organization Profile

6. Mental Tricks and Treats
• Mental & Visual Brain Teasers
• Optical Illusions
• Word Puzzles
• Tactile Illusions

7. What To Do Now? - Thinking Situations
• Plan and Action
• Decision and Evaluation
• Problem Solving and Design
• Coping and Organizing

8. Ultimate Objectives of Thinking
• Identifying Ultimate Objectives of Thinking
• Ensuring that Ultimate Objectives are Met

9. Learning to Be Creative
• Differences between Critical Thinking and Creative Thinking
• What is Creativity?
• Negative Attitudes that Block Creativity
• Mental Blocks to Creative Thinking and Problem Solving
• Positive Attitude for Creative Thinking
• Creative Methods to Produce Creative Results
• Attributes of a Creative Thinker  


Mr Theyagu, Daniel

Mr Daniel Theyagu is a training consultant and performance evaluator since 1989. He has designed and delivered customised training for many organisations ranging from small and medium enterprises, multi-national corporations and the public sector. His participants have come from various countries including: Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Mauritius, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, China, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Brazil, Germany, Sweden, France, USA, United Kingdom, Denmark, Norway, Russia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Daniel is well known in his field as a highly humourous and innovative trainer who engages his participants actively and assist them in realising the returns of investment for the course they attend. His participants include, doctors, lawyers, judges, senior government official, military personnel, students and job-seekers.

His area of specialty includes the following:
• Leadership and Learning Organisation
• Critical and Creative thinking
• Emotional and Social Intelligence
• Crisis and Conflict Management
• Speed Reading and Memorisation Technique for Professionals
• Negotiation Strategies
• Personal and Organisational Competency-based Training

Daniel is the author of the following books:
• Thinking Critically using the Sun Tzu Art of War Techniques
• Extremely Busy People Guide to: Read Faster! Memorise Better! Think Clearer
• Gravitating Towards Success
• Making Memory Work For You
• Guide to Success in Studies for Mature Students
• Developing True Leadership Potential

Who Should Attend

To all who are interested to understand the systematic approach to improve on their thinking skills.

Fee with NEW e2i subsidy: S$391.30 (inclusive of GST) *conditions apply

To be eligible for e2i subsidy, participants:
- must be Singaporeans or Permanent Residents of Singapore
- achieve minimum 75% attendance per run
* Participants who do not fulfill the above criteria are not eligible for e2i funding, and are required to pay the course fee in full.

Union members may enjoy up to $250 unfunded course fee support when you sign up for courses supported under UTAP. Conditions apply. Visit www.ntuc.org.sg for more information.  



30 to 31 May 2019 


9:00am to 5:00pm 


NTU@one-north campus, Executive Centre 

Closing Date:

16 May 2019 

Course Fee:

Standard: S$631.30  

NTU/NIE Alumni, Staff & Students: S$505.04  

Group (3 & Above): S$568.17

NTUC Member: S$568.17


Registration fees inclusive of:

  • Course materials

  • Light refreshments

  • Complimentary Lunch - applicable at NTU@one-north campus only

  • Prevailing GST

Online Registration

>> CLICK HERE to Register Online


Methods of Payment

1. Credit Card (Visa, American Express and Mastercard only)

2. Cheque made payable to Nanyang Technological University

3. Invoice to Company (for Company Sponsored Participants)

4. E-invoice (for Government Organizations)

5. Telegraphic Transfer or Bank Draft (Note: All related charges are to be borne by participant)

Cancellation & Refund Policy

A written notification to pace@ntu.edu.sg or fax to

6774 2911 before course closing date.

No cancellation charges (Full refund)



A written notification on or after course closing date.

No Refund

SkillsFuture Credit (if applicable):
- Participant to cancel their claim with WDA
- PaCE@NTU reserves the rights to collect the full fee amount from the participant

Replacement Policy

Given a 3 days notice before course commencement, companies may replace participants who have signed up for the course. Terms and conditions apply.


There is no replacement for participant utilising SkillsFuture Credit. Participant to cancel their SkillsFuture Credit claim with WDA.

Terms and Conditions

• Course is subject to a minimum participation before commencement
• Course is subject to a first-come-first-serve basis in light of overwhelming responses
• PaCE@NTU reserves the right to change or cancel any course or trainer, in light of unforeseen circumstances
• All details are correct at time of dissemination

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