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By Dr @Roy van den Brink-Budgen, the world-renowned exponent of critical thinking, accomplished international business adviser, trainer, writer and an ASM Plus associate.

In many instances, a facilitated meeting will provide a very effective alternative to mediation. Like mediation, it can relieve you from the stress of paperwork and save you considerable amounts of time and money that can be better used. Whereas mediation is normally used for helping disputing parties who have a significant level of disagreement, facilitated meetings in which the parties meet face-to-face are a very good option in circumstances where

  • there may already be some level of agreement;
  • they are comfortable with doing so;
  • a disagreement may be at an early stage and those involved have recognised that there is an issue and want to try and get it resolved before things get out of hand;
  • they may wish to preserve an existing business or personal relationship.

The special ingredient that ASM Plus provides is Critical Thinking (CT) which has been very effectively devised and used in the corporate, private, public and educational sectors by one of its team members, Dr Roy van den Brink Budgen. This process which our meeting facilitators adopt very effectively helps those in attendance to understand, interpret, evaluate, and develop balanced and objective reasoning so that: –

  • They can clarify reasoning (how claims are used), by focusing on assumptions being made and by considering possible interpretations of evidence.
  • They can encourage the thinking of other possibilities (in that CT has a powerfully creative element to it).
  • They can look at the production of criteria which can be used to evaluate claims that are made.
  • By demonstrating the advantages of dialogue, they can foster the development of sustained purposeful interaction in many contexts.

The importance of the skills of CT is given even greater emphasis by the dispositions that make up its other part.  These dispositions include the value of seeing both sides of an issue, having respect for alternative viewpoints, being open-minded, and seeing the value of using reason in justifying positions. Accordingly, the use of both the skills and dispositions makes CT a very powerful instrument for decision-making in general and for dispute resolution in particular.


Roy van den Brink Budgen:

From Lead Digital Performance Specialist, HSBC

The importance of clear and productive thinking that using a critical thinking approach can deliver was very much highlighted in Roy’s work with us

Critical Thinking

@Richard Branson has said that ‘Critical thinking is the key to critical problem-solving in business’

@John Baldoni (a leadership development expert) states that ‘If you want to succeed in 21st-century business, you need to become a critical thinker’.


Excellent Service from a dedicated and well-informed group of individuals! Certainly, recommend their services!

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