Autonomous Thinking

The art of thinking for oneself & acting proactively

We live in a world where information is everywhere. Information is constantly being hurled at us, in big volumes, and we must develop the ability to think independently when assessing the information and separating the valuable from the non-valuable (or even toxic).

Autonomous thinking is a blend of critical thinking and creative thinking. However, often times we slide into the trap of thinking that only creating art counts as being creative. Or that only highly analytical people can be good critical thinkers.

In fact, both these cognitive approaches can be developed, and they are at the basis of a novel mindset: Autonomous Thinking. This “skill of the future” can help us solve issues in more efficient ways.


This module is designed for individuals and organisations interested in developing an autonomous mindset, and for all those who wish to gain the ability to overcome their biases and operate efficiently despite assumptions.


  • Developing the ability to think for oneself
  • Understanding both the creative thinking process and critical thinking methods.
  • Becoming aware of the importance of autonomy and accountability within the organisation

Main topics

  • What is autonomous thinking?
  • Thinking for oneself and challenging every situation
  • The filter theory: facts and assumptions
  • Critical Thinking and Creative Thinking
  • Navigating challenges
  • How to take different stands. The 6 Thinking Hats model
  • Structuring opportunities
  • Creativity in autonomous thinking
  • Building self-esteem and self-efficacy

Adela Cristea

Managing Partner & Founder Ascent Group

Adela Cristea is the managing partner of the Ascent Group and also the founder of the group of companies. Adela's experience has been accumulated over 20+ years, especially in management and human resources, in multinational companies such as Unilever or International Resources, as well as from a consultant position, in Archimedes Consulting Group and Ascent Group, as well as from that of an University Lecturer.

Throughout these years, Adela has been involved in numerous start-up business projects, enterprise restructuring processes, labour conflict mediation and training projects, for multinational corporations and local companies in various fields of activity, both in Romania and abroad. Since 2017 Adela is the co-founder of Design Thinkers Academy Eastern Europe, contributing to the development of the company in more than 20 countries in Eastern Europe, the Balkans and Central Asia.

Diana Simion

Senior Trainer

With a background in academic and marketing research, Diana has a Ph.D. in Communication Studies and significant experience as a facilitator in Design Thinking projects, as well as with brand consulting.

Her inter-disciplinary awareness and curiosity to explore and connect people from various areas of activity have made her activity, over the last 15 years, revolve around organisational consulting and diagnose, soft skills and personal development trainings, brand consulting, marketing research, Design Thinking, customer & employee experience, communication and marketing.

Diana is a relentless explorer, who, whether online or in class, building on the relevance and clarity of her content, engages with participants as a highly empathetic and playful trainer, enabling a unique learning experience for them, one in which not only their curiosity will be catered to, but one in which good cheer and smiles are a natural byproduct, too.