Future Skills: Critical Thinking for HR

2020 Annual Conference & Exposition
Learn to become a better critical thinker and decision-maker.

No skill is more important in business today than the ability to understand, analyze and act on information effectively and responsibly. HR professionals who are savvy, sharp critical thinkers can cut through ambiguity and information overload to quickly zero in on what really matters. Yet years of leadership experience do not automatically provide critical thinking skills. Something more than pure experience must be necessary, since even highly experienced business leaders sometimes make badly considered decisions that damage themselves and their organizations. This workshop covers cognitive techniques and critical-thinking tools to enhance decision-making under pressure and strengthen your impact. We'll use real-life examples to examine why incompetence, bad character or low intelligence generally aren't to blame when leaders and organizations blunder.

Learning Objectives:

  • Critical thinking theory and practice, with case studies focused on HR decision making.
  • Group dynamics that apply to HR issues.
  • Methods that work in group environments that you can apply to your organization.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Sunday, June 28, 2020 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Karl James Ahlrichs


Karl Ahlrichs, SHRM-SCP, CSP has broad experience in HR, operations and senior level problem solving, and is a national speaker and author, and is often quoted in the local and national media. 

Karl joined Gregory & Appel of Indianapolis, after founding ExactHire, a human resources services firm.  Prior experience was as a Senior Consultant for Professional Staff Management, and earlier he was in Business Development at Marsh & McLennan, and Vice President of Right Management Consultants.  Karl has been named the SHRM Human Resource Professional of the Year for the State of Indiana, and is a Certified Speaking Professional. 


Additional Fee & Registration Required
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Preconference Workshop
Business Acumen
Critical Evaluation
Leadership & Navigation
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