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We expect more from our employees today.

They must be able to think on their feet, problem-solve, evaluate information professionally and effectively. Shouldn’t we give them the tools to deliver more?

Improving thinking and reasoning skills can easily be incorporated into your business training plan with the INSIGHT Development Program.  

Strong employee critical thinking skills and mindset are the basis for quality decision-making and problem-solving.  That’s why growing businesses commit to making sure employees develop and improve the reasoning skills they need to keep up with the competition in this increasingly complex work world. 

  • If you’re already training critical thinking, great! But how do you know your training program is effective? Is it improving your operations?  Talk to us about our proven business thinking assessments so that you can objectively measure progress. If your program isn’t changing the quality of decision making, you need a new program.

Fortunately improving employee thinking doesn’t have to be hard.  It can in fact be easy.

Skills development can be accomplished with INSIGHT Development Program’s online self-paced training modules focusing on  15 core thinking skills and personal attributes recognized as core components of decision-making.

Insight Development Program offers a suite of high quality, proven training modules designed to improve thinking in teams and in individuals.

INSIGHT Development Program includes a measurement instrument providing data on individual and group thinking and reasoning capabilities. Objective metrics permit validation of the success of the training program as well as giving trainees an incentive to focus on self-improvement in skills valued by employers.

Participants are guided through practical steps to improve their critical thinking. Modules provide strategies to improve their ability to reason through problems to discover workable solutions.  As they progress through the modules, they see the value of improving their thinking skills and avoiding common reasoning errors.  The motivation to use critical thinking skills to make sound decisions is reinforced.

Employees with better thinking skills improve productivity and show more job satisfaction. Employee errors in judgment cost you money and opportunities.

  • Improved thinking results in fewer errors, better decision-making and better problem-solving.  Good thinking drives success and innovation.
  • Employees appreciate when employers provide positive opportunities to personally focus on self-improvement in practical skills and professional attributes.
  • Engaged employees are productive employees .The best way to motivate people to give their best effort at work is to demonstrate the personal and professional relevance of value of their skills.  Printable personal reports provide realistic analysis of their strengths and weaknesses in thinking and reasoning.   

Your company benefits when good analytical thinking is applied to problem solving and planning. 

INSIGHT Development Program provides comprehensive and effective solution to your needs while minimizing the burden on your systems.  Designed to be used as independent study by employees, INSIGHT Development can also be incorporated into existing training programs.

Contact us today to see the power of a cost-effective, user friendly proven training program to develop thinking skill in all your employees.

INSIGHT: Strong Thinking Team

Don't forget the most important part of onboarding. Success depends on more than knowledge about the company, policies and products. You need to make sure your new hires have the thinking skills to use that information. This is where Insight Assessment can help you.

New employees must understand the values and characteristics that are important to your company culture. Nothing is more important than making sure new employees have strong decision skills and thinking mindset characteristics.  Face it, the effectiveness of new hires depends on their ability be fast learners, motivated and willing to engage problems while assuming new responsibilities. They will need to be able to analyze problems, interpret and assess explanations, evaluate alternatives, anticipate outcomes, avoid risks and act on priorities. Strong thinkers make fewer mistakes, understand the importance of policies and drive innovation.

Employee Success depends on their thinking skills

Relevant training and development opportunities are important components of in onboarding.  If your goal is to strengthen the effectiveness of your employee team, your decision to improve thinking skills will be a vital investment in employee success. Our program pays for itself by reducing the time and cost of wrong hires and accelerates the effectiveness of a right hire.

INSIGHT Development Program delivers the most comprehensive, effective and well-established approach to strengthening employee decision-making and problem solving. Our clients use INSIGHT Development Program to build reasoning capabilities in new hires and current staff to achieve the goal of better thinking throughout their organization.

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  • Designed to be used as an independent training study by employees, INSIGHT Development Program can also be incorporated into existing new hire training programs.  Online, self-guided training modules are available 24/7 on a secure website. 
  • INSIGHT Development Program includes use of internationally respected assessments which provide comprehensive individual reports that can be used for individual professional development and HR programs.
  • As participants progress through the modules, they see the value of improving thinking skills and avoiding common reasoning errors. The motivation to use these critical thinking skills to make sound decisions in reinforced. As employees progress through the program, they gain confidence as they build their core skills and motivation.
  • An investment in effective onboarding training yields returns in improved employee engagement and retention. Providing such personally and professionally relevant INSIGHT Development Program thinking training demonstrates your company commitment to development growth and support opportunities for your employees.

Prioritize the most important skill employees need: strong thinking skills

After you’ve completed hiring process, success of that new hire depends on how you make sure they acquire and then apply necessary knowledge, skills and winning mindset to become effective team members.

Decision making impacts your bottom line every day.  Measure thinking to improve performance and productivity. Your investment in the training and assessment of thinking pays off in better decisions throughout your company.

Contact us to discuss integrating INSIGHT Development into your onboarding and HR programs.

Find the right employee development program

Where are you in the process of delivering an effective development program for your employees?

Companies research employee training programs for many reasons.  Companies implement a development program when it provides a comprehensive and effective solution to their needs while minimizing the burden on their systems.

Many companies are committed to improving the quality of employee decision-making and problem-solving. 

INSIGHT Development Program is a comprehensive self-study program focused on one of the most vital workplace skills: critical thinking.  It accomplishes two complementary goals; it provides a proven online training program to improve essential work skills and also provides access to performance metrics using industry leading assessment tools . This combination makes INSIGHT Development Program a uniquely valuable human resources tool.  

INSIGHT Development program can be implemented to supplement your current employee training programs or as an additional independent benefit to your staff at all levels. 

It is a solution to your need for effective training to improve the quality of thinking and objective metrics to meet your goals.

INSIGHT Development Program Modules and accompanying metrics are valuable for:

Process improvement :

  • Training:  Fewer mistakes are made when employees approach problems and decisions with the ability to analyze problems, evaluate options, anticipate consequences and apply numerical data.  Innovation increases when employees have the mindset to persist until they find solutions. Modules enable employees to build the skills and mindset attributes that that lead to product and systemic quality improvements
  • Metrics: used for quality improvement and continuous improvement programs

Team Development :

  • Training: Proactively build more rounded and productive teams with the focus on skills and motivation to think well together.  Team members use the modules to improve and exercise the application of key skills and mindsets
  • Metrics: Use assessments to identify strengths & weaknesses of teams, departments, or divisions so that systematic problem-solving solutions can be implemented in areas of operations where change is needed.

Hiring/placement/talent development:

  • Training:  Maximize training dollars by implementing this effective training program that targets the improvement of critical thinking skills that are valuable for all staff members. Build a work culture that values and rewards good thinking.
  • Metrics: Use for employee engagement programs, talent identification,onboarding, career development. Objectively match employee skills and talents to job responsibilities; validate that you are hiring promoting and retaining the  most effective people.

Corporate Commitment to provide individual development opportunities:

  • Training: Offers a self-directed capability for self-improvement by strengthening core skills and motivation. Builds confidence trainees thinking and reasoning. Demonstrates commitment to continuing skill development opportunities for employees.
  • Metrics:  Comprehensive individual reports detailing thinking strengths and weaknesses can be used to support individual professional development plans that target the thinking skills/attitudes that are identified as needing improvement.

Many companies realize that improving the quality of employee decision-making and problem-solving is vital to their continued success.   They realize that poor thinking can hurt their bottom line at every level every day.  Weakness in thinking skills leads to errors, missed opportunities, poor risk assessment, reduced program impact and subpar results. 

Whatever motivates your decision to implement an effective development program, INSIGHT Development Plan delivers comprehensive, cost effective solution.

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As the school year begins, Insight Assessment salutes all teachers as they return to the classroom. Educators have one of the most important jobs in the world—preparing students with the knowledge, skills and motivation they will need to learn and to succeed. 

Good thinking is our strongest defense against ignorance and intolerance. Students possessing strength in critical thinking are better equipped to solve problems, to understand and to integrate content material, and to achieve in school. And that achievement prepares them for tomorrow.

The most successful teachers are those who both nurture and challenge thinking.  The more children are asked to exercise their core critical thinking skills, the stronger these skills become.

Every day good teachers create opportunities for their students to ask questions, analyze information and develop their skills.  Effective educators motivate students to solve problems thoughtfully and to evaluate new information and sources. To teach thinking, teachers work hard to model good thinking every day. They demand good thinking, test for good thinking and reward good thinking in their grading practices.

Everyone involved in delivering quality learning, from the instructor to the administrator, plays an essential part in the growth and success of the next generation.  Strong thinking is the common denominator of success throughout the world.   No society, local or global, can sustain itself and flourish without its members learning to think well together.

We urge everyone to take time to thank teachers for their year round enthusiasm and commitment to promoting thinking and learning.

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In “Distressed Reasoning” Dr. Peter Facione writes, “Higher education anywhere in the world cannot be considered successful unless it guides students to reason well in all contexts, even those that may be distressing.  Critical thinking is essential not only for educational success, but for success in the workplace and in our personal lives.  Critical thinking is also essential if democracy is to flourish. We all must learn to reason together, even about issues people find to be emotionally volatile, e.g. immigration, climate change, religious freedom, same sex marriage, domestic terrorism, K-12 education.  The best college level educational experiences are those that challenge us to bring fair-mindedness, reason, mutual respect and solid evidence to emotionally difficult topics. The best standardized critical thinking tests do the same.”

Read more about this important topic

Insight Assessment individual reports

The best training programs benefit individual participants as well as the company.

When training programs target the development of skills that have personal as well as professional relevance, the impact is magnified.  

What could be more relevant to personal and professional success than improving the quality of decision making? INSIGHT Development Program does just that.

People who are able to analyze problems, evaluate options, anticipate risks and identify solutions have an advantage over less skilled decision makers. People who approach problems with a strong thinking mindset are motivated to succeed.

Insight Assessment clients value the option of providing self-directed online skills improvement tools and printable individual thinking reports to training participants.  They realize that measuring thinking reinforces the motivation for staff to hone their skills on and off the job. 

Knowledge of weaknesses (and appreciation of strengths) can be a powerful incentive to change for training participants who receive copies of their comprehensive INSIGHT Business Professional individual reports. The impact manifests in:

  • objective assessments of personal strengths and weaknesses in five essential thinking skills and ten mindset attributes as applied in professional contexts
  • an increased awareness of how thinking skills and weaknesses impact the quality of their problem solving and decision making
  • the ability to identify and target specific areas for improvement
  • increased attentiveness and focus during the training sessions because progress will be measured and reported

Individual assessment metrics are an essential component of INSIGHT Development Program, our online training which focuses on improving core thinking skills and mindset.

Our clients use individual metrics in business processes including candidate selection , annual evaluations and supervision as tools to enhance career development and to objectively match employee skills and talents to job responsibilities.  Group metrics provide collective diagnostics of internal strengths and weaknesses at all decision making levels.

Insist on INSIGHT.

INSIGHT thinking assessments and INSIGHT Development Program are the culmination of Insight Assessment’s 30 years of experience in high stakes measurement of reasoning.  Worldwide, clients rely on our comprehensive range of assessment products to provide the data they need to make high stakes decisions about hiring, admissions, licensing, curriculum, program evaluation and more.  Our online test instruments are objective, validated and secure, making it easy to assess locally or geographically dispersed workforces. Reports are delivered within minutes of completion of the assessment. INSIGHT Development Program is a valuable human resources tool to supplement current employee training programs or as a new initiative to improve the quality of thinking. 

Make sure your staff training investment pays off in the improvement of targeted skills. Contact us to integrate high quality thinking assessments into your professional development programs. 
Measurement tools

Measurement is an essential part of ensuring you get value from your training program.

Knowing that your training program is worthwhile and netting the results you’re looking for is challenging.  That’s why assessing thinking should already be incorporated into your business training plan.

What skills could be more key than thinking and reasoning well? Good thinking results in a competitive advantage over less skilled decision makers. Improving the quality of decision making reduces the costs of errors and improves productivity throughout your organization.

Insight Assessment is a leader in the assessment and training of critical thinking.  We understand that even in areas where training isn’t required, you need to get the most for your investment in time and money. Here’s how to optimize your development programs:

  1. Set a goal for your training program: Identify, quantify and improve the strengths & weaknesses of individuals, teams, departments, or divisions so that systemic problem solving solutions can be implemented in areas of operations where change is needed
  2. Incorporate assessment into your training program to gather baseline data and to create motivation to grow the targeted skills. Including pre and post training assessment enables companies to objectively evaluate the effectiveness of specific training programs for individuals and groups.   For businesses, the pretest might be done before an employee training program is begun and a post test could be set for weeks or months after the program has been completed.
  3. Evaluate, evaluate and evaluate again: It goes without saying that measuring the effectiveness of training programs can be a moving target, but basically the only thing that’s really important is that staff shows performance improvement.  That’s why online training is a waste of money unless progress in measured and demonstrated objectively.

Effective training programs show advancement in key metrics. 

Demonstrating improvement in employee thinking skills doesn’t have to be hard .  Insight Assessment provides solutions for your training goals. 

  • Option One: We do it. INSIGHT Development Program includes INSIGHT proven assessments and online critical thinking training modules. The cost effective, validated program can be integrated into your training programs or can be implemented as new initiative. The flexible structure lets employees work independently, controlling time on task, pace and progress. The self-paced program focuses on improving decision skills and fostering a workplace culture of positive thinking mindset.
  • Option Two: You do it. Incorporate our online business test instruments to objectively evaluate the impact of your existing training program.  Effective assessment of employee groups provides collective diagnostics of overall strengths and weakness, comparisons to similar workers in other companies, and the data to guide your employee development trainers in the development of subsequent educational efforts to address the needs of your personnel.

Either way your company benefits.  You implement an effective training program that delivers improvement in employee thinking and reasoning in your operation. Or you obtain objective data that demonstrates the value of your existing program.  In both situations employees are motivated by receiving analyses of their strengths and weaknesses in important thinking skills as well as an opportunity to improve their performance.  Either way you make a wise investment in strengthened your business by committing to better thinking and reasoning

Our clients depend on INSIGHT thinking assessments .  Our comprehensive individual reports provide metrics on the strengths and weaknesses on 5 core thinking skills and 10 mindset attributes that predict good on the job decision making. Optional group reports deliver summaries of group performance gains including the key thinking metrics for your organization.  Results are delivered within minutes of response submission.  Our online test instruments are objective, validated and secure.   For more information on the benefits of measuring employee thinking.

When maintaining funding support for programs requires demonstrating quality improvements or value to the community, businesses, training centers and agencies depend on INSIGHT to objectively and effectively document gains in thinking skills and work ethic. 

We will help you get the relevant data you need to improve the effectiveness of your staff.

Contact us to discuss INSIGHT 's broad range of business assessment tools and services that support improving thinking and decision making. Explore our website for practical training resources and our blog, Thinking INSIGHT , for further discussion of the measurement of thinking skills and mindset.

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To teach thinking, you have to model good thinking.

  • It's not a secret.

Effective training to improve thinking must start with the teacher.

Students learn from what teachers do as much, if not more, than from what they say. The most successful teacher will be the one who is able to both nurture and challenge thinking. 

  • Teaching for thinking requires a passionate disposition toward thinking and the explicit and reflective use of thinking skills to form reasoned judgments.
  • Educators must demonstrate thinking in multiple contexts including those that are rich in subject matter content and problem-complexity. 
  • The more a teacher is able to extend participants’ thinking into new domains of learning and inquiry, demanding solid content knowledge and the correct application of standards and methods appropriate to the domain, the stronger students’ thinking will become. It is a matter of active engagement, thoughtful reflection and reasonable reformulations of judgments.

If we expect to help students improve their thinking, educators must intensively practice the critical thinking skills and comment on the habits of mind of those being taught.

This is a surprisingly easy task when educators have trained their own habits of mind toward a standard of externalizing their reasons and evidence for judgments made, and of modeling the habits of mind that are expected from students. Speaking aloud the reasons and evidence for one’s judgments typically results in improved evaluation of one’s own thinking (the critical thinking skill of self-regulation).

As teachers model the characteristics of a strong thinkers , they can employ techniques to engage students and trainees in successful thinking skills development such as:
  • Being sure you know what success would really look like before you set about making things right. Too often we, and our students, do things just to be doing something, without knowing what the problem really is, why we are doing it, or how we will know when to declare victory.
  • Setting clear performance expectations for thinking—and include assessment to measure improvement.
  • Discussing actual examples of successful and unsuccessful decision-making and problem-solving. Case studies are excellent tools.
  • Modelling "Step-Back" and be sure that you understand the problem before you try to solve it.
  • Teaching groups and individuals to reflect upon and critically analyze their problem solving and decision-making processes by asking themselves systematic and tough questions about their own assumptions, methodologies, standards, and theoretical frames of references.
  • Exploring the role mindset attributes play in the application of thinking skills.
In school and in the workplace, thinking and problem solving gains define the success of training programs and their trainers. Everyone can learn to think better. Training someone to focus on their own thinking process, and teaching them about how they evaluate information, draw inferences, and avoid thinking errors, is a lifelong gift.
Whether your goal is improving the thinking skills of students or employees, a good program always incorporates objective assessment . Contact Insight Assessment to discuss how to integrate the development of thinking skills into your  professional development or learning outcomes evaluation programs.

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To engage students and trainees in successful critical thinking skills development, and to reinforce a positive critical thinking mindset, there are a few basics to keep in mind:

  • Use silence to allow everyone time to think through the question before the conversation begins.
  • Pose thoughtful or insightful questions and intentionally allow 10–15 seconds of silence to elapse before calling on students to respond. Cognitive science research has shown that a pause of this length is necessary for the human brain to sufficiently process a question and formulate a reasonable response. Even 15 seconds of silence can seem a long time in a class session, but setting this expectation assures that one eager student will not end the thinking process for the entire group before all have had some time to practice their critical thinking skills.
  • Work from example to theory. Discuss the examples in the text first, and then draw out the concepts they teach. This technique practices students’ inductive reasoning skills and promotes active engagement and inquisitiveness.
  • Make the language of thinking a familiar vocabulary. Use critical thinking vocabulary when posing questions to students to reinforce conceptual understanding and promote recognition of reasoning. Use the names of the skills and the habits of mind that are found in the textbook. For example, use phrases such as: “What is your reason for that claim?” “Let’s interpret this statement,” “What inferences can we reasonably draw from these facts?” and “Let’s be systematic in our analysis.”
  • Engage students in dynamic learning activities that promote independent thinking or exposure to the thinking of others. Suggested activities include maintaining a reflective journal; conversing with a partner, small groups, or the whole class; investigations, inquiries, and informed conversations; debates; simulations; role playing; fishbowl activities; panel discussions; brainstorming exercises; case studies; course blogs or wikis; individual or group argument mapping; social networking features such as asynchronous bulletin boards that are often found in course management systems; maintaining a paper or electronic Portfolio, and so on.
  • Require students to provide reasons or explanations for all of their claims, interpretations, analyses, evaluations, and decisions. Ask why and expect a good, well-reasoned answer. Don’t let students get by with shut-down clichés such as, “That’s just how I feel,” “I was brought up to think that…,” “My parents always said that…,” and “It’s common sense.”
  • Model strong critical thinking for your students. Your students watch you to see if you believe in the value of critical thinking, so what you say and what you do might be more powerful in motivating them to build their critical thinking skills than anything they read or hear in a lecture. If you show that you practice the positive critical thinking habits of mind and that you engage in problems and decisions by applying critical thinking skills, that message comes through to them. If you do not, you reflect a negative message.

Many thanks to Dr. Carol Gittens for this list of suggestions that are useful techniques an instructor can use to promote strong critical thinking. These appear in the teaching manual accompanying her book THINK Critically by Pearson Education. This is an excerpt from those materials.

If you are interested in additional strategies for teaching and training reasoning skills, check out the Resources on  the Insight Assessment website.

Explore our website for practical training resources and our blog, Thinking INSIGHT , for further discussion of the measurement of thinking skills and mindset.

Insight Assessment offers a comprehensive array of objective, validated education and business thinking assessment tools that report individual and group diagnostics of overall strengths and weakness .  Comprehensive personal reports provide are powerful tools that insights to individual trainees or students, highlighting reasoning strengths and identifying areas for improvement.  Flexible administration options make assessment available 24/7 throughout the world. 

Contact us today to discuss your reasoning skills and thinking mindset training and assessment goals.

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