Course Description

Digital transformation, demographic shifts, and global economic forces are disrupting the fundamentals of work and organizational success. From junior managers to senior executives, 21st century management requires a new set of leadership skills. Thinking to Thrive seeks to provide students with a solid grounding in tools and techniques that will allow them to be flexible, adaptable, multidisciplinary problem-solvers and change-makers.


The course starts with an in depth look at the biases and fallacies that cause errors of judgement and choice. The course will then introduce the student to core concepts, methods, and the practical application of the following skills: critical thinking; analytical thinking and judgement; innovation and design thinking; cognitive flexibility; and ethics and values. Many of these concepts are grounded in Georgetown's core strength in the liberal arts, and will incorporate the latest research from Georgetown faculty and beyond.

Course Objectives

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover and overcome mental blocks in your thinking and judgment
  • Apply analytical thinking to break down complex information into fundamental parts
  • Apply critical thinking to evaluate and interpret information to develop a sound judgment
  • Identify opportunities for innovation and growth by leveraging your thinking skills to gain improved insight
  • Recognize multiple ways to solve problems and embrace divergent thinking
  • Recognize the importance of ethics to determine what is right and how values determine what is important in your decision-making processes
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