Logical Thinking

Training Objective

  • In this 1-day course trainees learn a systematic way for logical thinking, which is the fundamental language of business communication.
  • “Common mistakes” that occur in business are presented to help trainees better understand how to use this skill in their work.
  • Multiple tasks are incorporated into the instruction to facilitate repetitive practice and retention and enable trainees to apply the skill in the workplace.

Course Characteristics

In the logical thinking course the 3 elements required for logical thinking are systematically explained beginning with considering “what logical is.” Then, an explanation of the pyramid structure, which is an extension of logical thinking, is explained and trainees learn how to build an assertion for the issue, which is what the other party wants to know.

Time Schedule

  • Logical Thinking 1-Day Course
    9:00 Introduction

    Logical Thinking Fundamentals

    Logical Structuring

    3 Rules

    1. Reasoning

    2. Covering

    3. Summarizing

    12:00
    Lunch
    13:00 Pyramid structure exercise

    1. Summarizing

    2. Interpretation

    3. Reasoning

    4. Covering

    16:00 Pyramid structure comprehensive exercise
    17:30 Summary
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Recommended For

  • New graduate hires and junior staff
  • People learning logical thinking for the first time

Past Clients Utilizing this Training

Major finance related company
Candidate training “Logical thinking training”
Major general trading company
New employee training “Logical thinking training”
Major parts manufacturer
New junior manager training “Logical thinking training”

Many other clients with which we have established a strong reputation as an education and training company.

Logical Thinking Skill Instructor Commentary

Why is logical thinking important?

Today people often talk about “logical thinking,” but the necessity of logical thinking is surprisingly often not understood or misunderstood. Some common feelings:
1) You tried to be logical at work or home, but didn’t do well and ended up in an argument.
2) Thinking logically didn’t go as well as you expected, so you felt it would have been better to go with your instincts.
Such experiences often result in a pattern of thinking such as “See, logical thinking doesn’t work” or “logical thinking isn’t necessary.
In regards to 1), it might be true that you don’t have to speak logically to get by in the world. Certainly we are not always talking logically to other people. And in regards to 2), there certainly seem to be times when people in the world are not acting logically. So why do we need to acquire the ability to think logically?

The concept of “logical thinking language”

In seeking a response to the many people who have asked the above question, we have arrived at the concept of “logical thinking language.” In a sense, logical thinking is a type of language. As with English, it is very effective for communicating with others that speak that language, but not everyone speaks that language. Some of the people in today’s business world speak the language of logical thinking. But that does not mean that all people today speak the language of logical thinking in all situations. In society there exist other languages, such as “emotional language” and “experience language,” so it is only natural that there are times when logical thinking language is not understood.
Logical thinking language is mainly used by enterprise managers and administrators. In particular this language is used by many people in Western businesses. Using the logical thinking language is particularly effective when communicating with these people. In addition to understanding who it is that speaks logical thinking language, it is important to practice using this language in your daily life.

Foundation of logical thinking: What is structuring?

So how can you tell when someone can think logically? That is when what they are saying all connects logically. When trying to speak logically, people use reasoning and covering. It is not until both reasoning and covering are used that a person can think logically, and the technique for producing this state is called “structuring.”
Using reasoning means that everyone can see and understand the cause and effect relationship in what you are saying. In other words, when you explain “This is because of this,” almost everyone will understand you. Using covering means that everyone can see that you have covered the possibilities without omission and duplication. In other words, when you explain that “This entails this, this, and this,” almost everyone will understand and agree. (This state is called MECE: Mutually Exclusive, Collectively Exhaustive.) This concept of “structuring,” is the foundation of logical thinking, so please make it a permanent part of your thinking.