Workshop: Why Can’t You Just Make a Decision?

Mount Elbert B

People make decisions all the time without going through any sort of structured process or performing any analysis, and for the vast majority of decisions, this is fine.  Business executives rise to positions of authority in large part because of an exceptional ability to make good decisions in difficult situations.  Their intuition and instincts are better than most.

As things become more complex, however, it makes sense to supplement one’s instincts with as rich an understanding of the situation as can be achieved, given the usual limitations on time and resources.  Such insights can often be gleaned by thinking one’s way through the problem in a structured manner, fully considering uncertainties and competing objectives, and thinking creatively about one’s alternatives.

This workshop will cover:

  • When to go with your instincts, and when to use a more structured approach
  • Common pitfalls to avoid; psychological weaknesses that all humans have
  • The value of considering multiple perspectives
  • Tools that can help to overcome various pitfalls and provide clarity in complex times

The material covered will include concepts contained in the instructor’s book, Why Can’t You Just Give Me the Number?, as well as other sources.

The target audience for this workshop is young professionals and experienced managers who are relatively new to decision science.

(Workshop not included in conference registration. Please email or contact hilda at decisionprofessionals dot com to sign up — this workshop still has some spots open.)