“Strong decision making ability is a key component for successful organizations and Leadership Decision Making opened my eyes to a new realm of issues and processes that need to be understood and applied in future decision making at my organization.”
-Randall Wentsel, National Program Director, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
“It was an honor to participate in the Decision Science Lab. My time in the lab served as a sobering reminder of the "emotional wake" and impact of my thoughts, words, actions and demeanor as a leader. It challenged me to be the best steward of my time, situations, and opportunities that I can possibly be.”
-John A. Wilkes, Chief Information Officer/G-6, US Army RDECOM
Leadership Decision Making: Optimizing Organizational Performance offers important new insights into leadership based on breakthrough scientific discoveries about decision making. The goal of the program is to teach participants the skills they need to become effective “decision architects” — leaders who can design optimal decision making environments within their organizations and improve overall organizational performance.
Tough decisions are the essence of leadership. Using the latest research, case study discussions, and real-time activities in the new Harvard Decision Science Laboratory, program participants will have the opportunity to examine both the scientific basis for and the practical aspects of judgment and decision making, and learn how to build lasting leadership skills that incorporate this knowledge.
World-renowned Harvard faculty members will teach such topics as how to design optimal decision environments in your organization, how to communicate risk effectively, and how to avoid the emotional and cognitive pitfalls that can lead even the most experienced leaders to make mistakes. Participants will complete a professional decision making assessment and receive feedback to gain key personal insights that can sharpen their decision making ability. The program components will provide participants with essential tools for sound executive decision making in a risky world.
The program includes an opportunity for self-assessment in the laboratory, where participants will learn more about their own biases, their attitudes toward risk, their ability to regulate emotions, and other key personal insights that can sharpen decision-making. This confidential, individualized feedback will be shared with only the participant.