Learn How Cognitive Training Benefits Your Problem-Solving Abilities
Whenever we read about highly successful professionals like Bill Gates and Elon Musk, one of the most striking qualities they all share is their extraordinary ability to come up with innovative solutions to the challenges they face. It’s easy to feel like they’re somehow different from us—somehow more naturally creative and resourceful than the average person. However, you too can train your brain to be better at navigating and resolving the challenges you encounter in your own professional life. How? With cognitive training.
No matter what line of work you’re in, and no matter how large or small the obstacle you face, your problem-solving abilities depend on the core cognitive skills you use every day. Cognitive training helps you hone those skills and become a better problem-solver so you can accomplish more in the day-to-day of your professional life. Let’s take a closer look at those skills.
How Does Problem-Solving Depend on Cognitive Skills?
Cognitive skills are the building blocks of all your thought processes. You use them so constantly that you aren’t even aware of them, much like you aren’t typically aware of your heart rate or your breathing. However, once you focus in on them and start building them up, you’ll become a more capable and effective business professional than ever.
Let’s go over the cognitive skills directly tied to information-processing and problem-solving:
- Direction and Orientation: This skill makes it easier to grasp the logic behind relationships in the environment, and assists you in giving, taking, and prioritizing directions.
- Classification and Categorization: These skills allow you to group and reorganize ideas, emotions, objects, actions, and time periods. This helps you deal with complicated tasks more easily.
- Environmental Awareness: This is how well you see how different things are related. It helps you develop mental templates for dealing with similar situations.
- Analysis and Synthesis: This skill drives your ability to break down ideas and challenges into smaller, more manageable pieces, see how those are connected, and understand the central ideas behind them. That way, you don’t get so overwhelmed by too much information.
- Motor Integration: This skill makes it easier for you to set aside emotions and plan tasks out ahead of time rather than just jumping in.
- Concrete Sequencing: Also known as concrete logic, this skill makes you more aware of what is and isn’t working while you’re in the process of carrying out a plan. This way, you can see the logic of what’s going on, identify issues earlier on, and become better at training other people.
- Pattern Recognition: Otherwise known as rule induction, this skill helps you identify patterns, then create templates or rules to make it easier to manage complicated or repetitive information.
How Will Cognitive Training Help?
Now, what can you do to develop those problem-solving skills and improve your on-the-job performance?
At Critical Thinking for Success, we start out by administering proficiency tests that identify which of those skills have the most room for growth. This lets us hone in on training those specific skills which will benefit you the most.
Once we’ve determined were to focus our efforts, we develop an individualized training regimen just for you. This training regimen involves daily exercises as well as in-person meetings.
For each cognitive skill, we have a variety of different games, puzzles, and other exercises to help you develop it. For example, we use games and puzzles where moving one piece changes the rest of the board, forcing you to visualize a plan before you execute it rather jumping right into blind experimentation. This way, you train your brain to take an analytical approach and assess the inner logic and relationships behind a problem before you try to tackle it, making you a more effective problem-solver.
At our in-person meetings, we’ll review your progress with those exercises, as well as how you’ve been doing in your personal and professional life. We’ll discuss ways you can apply your cognitive training and suggest strategies for using them to face upcoming real-life challenges.
As you progress, you’ll see yourself having an easier time coming up with effective and creative solutions to the problems you face, and getting more done with less stress. That’ll make you more resourceful, more capable of handling whatever comes your way, and all-around a better business professional.
When you’re ready to boost your problem-solving skills and take the next step toward accomplishing your dreams, call Critical Thinking for Success at 847-845-0422. Let’s set up a consultation, and discuss how we can train your brain to be a problem-solving machine!