Capability Academy

Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is essential to the success of today’s biopharma professionals. Click here to contact us about this important academy.

What’s Holding Your Teams Back?

Do your teams struggle to:

  • Pause before jumping to a solution?
  • Explain the “why” behind a decision or line of thinking?
  • Appropriately question others’ requests or conclusions?
  • Effectively talk through decisions without becoming emotional?
  • Be innovative?

If they struggle with any of these, they may have a gap in their critical thinking capabilities. Many teams struggle with this, limiting their effectiveness. But there is a solution.

Why a Critical Thinking Academy?

Critical thinking empowers learners to question, innovate, and build confidence. It’s a process of assessing the validity of conclusions to reduce biases.

The World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Report lists critical thinking as a top 10 growing “in demand” skill for the coming years.

For nearly every role in the biopharma industry, critical thinking is essential to success. It helps professionals more effectively solve problems, navigate complexity, and achieve business objectives.

Salience Learning’s Critical Thinking Academy is an innovative learning solution that:

  • Teaches critical thinking while driving learners to immediately begin doing it
  • Is in the context of learners’ roles and their situations
  • Is available anytime, anywhere

Why Capabilities Development?

Capabilities are surging as a key area of focus for learning and development because they:
  • Apply to a broad range of contexts and situations
  • Endure in volatile, uncertain, changing, ambiguous (VUCA) environments
  • Increase learner and organizational value
  • Empower learners to do now and in the future and help ensure continued success
Salience Learning is building a series of academies, each focused on developing a key capability for life science professionals.

Function and Role Contexts

This academy is customized for the following industry roles:

  • Medical – Leaders and Medical Field Personnel
  • Commercial – Field Sales Managers
  • Market Access – Leaders and Field/Home-Based Individual Contributors (Coming soon)
  • Learning & Development – Home Office Leaders and Individual Contributors, Field Trainers (Coming soon)

By the Conclusion of the Academy, Learners Will:

  • Understand why critical thinking is valuable in the workplace
  • Define critical thinking and five key behaviors
  • Develop awareness of one’s own thinking processes
  • Acknowledge different modes of thinking and the most valuable ones in the workplace
  • Differentiate between critical and strategic thinking
  • Identify situations that require more critical thinking
  • Identify characteristics of critical thinkers
  • Identify tools and tactics that empower one to think critically
  • Leverage a tool to think critically in a real-world context
  • Develop a plan to think more critically on the job

How It Works

Effort Time
~6 hours (15-30 min per week)
2.5 months
Class Size
15-250+ learners


  • Fully digital or “Digital Plus” options with vILT or ILT formats
  • Micro, experiential, active and social learning design elements
  • Impact measurement and metrics before, during and after
  • Contextualized to the learner’s role, function and industry
  • Supplemental resources, job aids, journal, and coaching guide
  • Additional customizable options

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