Bloomington, Minn. June 26, 2012
Today’s competitive business environment demands employees with strong critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Today, in response to the success of its “My Thinking Styles” assessment, Pearson TalentLens launched THINK Now!™ Training, half-day workshops that help participants master the thinking skills that will drive success for their organizations as well as in their personal lives.
“Building employees’ thinking skills is a top challenge for leaders in all types of organizations,” said Karen Chiang, General Manager of Pearson TalentLens. “As a starting point, many turned to our assessment to begin to help individuals become aware of the thinking style they favor and to consider ways they can adapt their approaches to make more balanced, informed decisions.”
Chiang continued, “As more and more organizations began using My Thinking Styles with their employees, they turned to us, asking for more support in helping their employees take the development of strong critical-thinking and problem-solving skills to the next level. We developed the THINK Now! Training in response to these requests.”
Thinking styles are positive habits that contribute to better critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making. While no one thinking style is better than another, a balance of the various types results in better decision-making. The seven different approaches to thinking are: analytical, inquisitive, insightful, open-minded, systematic, timely and truth-seeking. In the THINK Now! face-to-face workshops, participants will develop an understanding of these seven thinking styles and deeper knowledge of their own personal style. They will learn the five-step critical-thinking model and how to apply each step to make better decisions, and will create a plan to incorporate what they have learned to the process of making a real-life decision.
Individuals who participated in the THINK Now! Training pilots were particularly impressed with what they learned about their co-workers’ thinking styles. One participant said, “The most helpful part of the session for me was hearing again and again how everybody has different preferences, yet they are all positive.” Another agreed, saying, “My favorite part was the breakout in groups to discuss each other’s results from the assessment. It allowed me to hear why others think the way they do and helped me understand the different styles a little better.”
As the global leader in education and assessments, Pearson TalentLens has more than 80 years of experience in talent assessment and publishes many of the most popular assessment and training programs used by companies large and small to make hiring decisions and develop their 21st century workforce. Pearson TalentLens is the exclusive publisher of the Watson-Glaser™ Critical Thinking Appraisal, the industry standard in critical-thinking assessment. A large variety of free resources can be found on ThinkWatson.com, including thought-provoking blogs and information about Pearson’s RED Critical Thinking Model – Recognize Assumptions, Evaluate Arguments and Draw Conclusions – as well as a complimentary version of the My Thinking Styles assessment.
For additional information about the THINK Now! Training, visit http://www.ThinkWatson.com or call 888-298-6227. For more information about Pearson TalentLens, visit http://www.talentlens.com, become a fan on Facebook athttp://www.facebook.com/nowyourethinking or follow on Twitter at http://twitter.com/URThinking.
Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, has global reach and market-leading businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing (NYSE: PSO). For more information about the Assessment & Information group of Pearson, visit http://www.pearsonassessments.com/.
For more information:
Adam Gaber, Pearson
800-745-8489 / adam.gaber(at)pearson(dot)com / @apgaber (twitter)