Executive Decision Making

Decision making and critical thinking are some of the most important aspects of leadership.  In any given week, executives are called upon to make hundreds of decisions – some mundane, but many of strategic importance with the potential to affect the very survival of their businesses or their own careers.  The strength of those decisions rests on the leader’s ability to quickly analyze and interpret the massive amounts of data that inundate them every day.

Take Charge of Information
Join neuroscientist and New York Times bestselling author Daniel J. Levitin for an insightful, practical three-day program. Learn the keys to 21st century critical thinking – seeing through the abundance of mis-information that makes its way to your desk every day, and avoiding your brain’s inherent mindtraps that block rational thinking and effective decision making. These traps can keep you from accepting vital data that contradicts what you think you already know. You'll leave with the tools to identify accurate, reliable information to make sound decisions that will position your business for success.
Learn rational decision-making tools that will enable you to avoid the biases and errors in human decisions, which will allow you to maximize your ability to achieve yours and your organization’s goals. You will also gain a foundational understanding in creating and implementing a sustainable strategy for your organization.
This program is a hands-on workout for your brain.  You’ll use real-life examples, business case studies, and data from your own company to build your analysis skills and give you and your company a unique competitive edge.  Course topics include:
Seeing Through Mis-Information
  • Common problems with how data are collected, reported and held
  • Visual manipulations of data
  • What you didn't learn about probability in business school
  • The Seven Steps toward Better Critical Thinking
Avoiding Your Brain’s Inherent Mindtraps
  • Biases in judgment and decision making
  • Cognitive short-cuts that inhibit decision making
  • Becoming a creator of knowledge, not a consumer of knowledge
  • Harnessing your innate curiosity
  • Gain a tool kit to facilitate rational decision making
Turning Information into Effective Decisions
  • Making decisions at the right level within your organization
  • Distinguishing between trivial and vital data
  • Using pre-mortems to imagine future bad outcomes 
  • Synthesizing and apply accurate data to business decisions
  • Relationship between sustainability and strategy

Key Takeaways

  • Think more strategically about your business
  • Make important business decisions more quickly
  • Avoid biases that get in the way of good business decisions
  • Apply a critical, systematic approach to analyzing data
  • Approach new information with curiosity, openness and inquisitiveness about its accuracy

Who Should Attend

  • Senior Leaders (eg. General Managers, Department Heads, Directors and any business leader who makes decisions that impact the success of their function or business)

Dates and Registration

Fee: $4,900
Program Length: 3 days
Location: Berkeley, California

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Kristina Susac


Program Director
Daniel Levitin
Distinguished Faculty Fellow
Professor Daniel J. Levitin, Ph.D., FRSC, is a world renowned cognitive neuroscientist, serial entrepreneur, and best-selling author. He is a Distinguished Faculty Fellow at the Haas School of...
Program Director
Don Moore
Professor, Haas School of Business
Don Moore is the Lorraine Tyson Mitchell Professor of Communication and Leadership at the Haas School of Business, and a member of the Management of Organizations group. Prior to Haas, Don served on...
Program Director
Robert Strand
Executive Director, Berkeley-Haas Center for Responsible Business
Dr. Robert Strand is the Executive Director of the Berkeley-Haas Center for Responsible Business and a faculty member of the Berkeley-Haas School of Business.  He is also Assistant Professor of...