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The Six Phases of Effective Decision Making

  • Dec 11, 2012 · 6:30 PM

As intrapreneurs, we are change agents. A key component of getting the green light to implement change is working with your team to make effective decisions to allow progress to occur. Yet, teams struggle with effective decision making. How can we improve the way we make decisions with our team?

This is a question that the management team at my company, Cyrus Innovation, struggled with. We brought in Doug Sundheim to help us, and the tools he taught us have been instrumental to the way we make decisions and foster an environment of change. I am sooo excited that he is going to share with this group the decision making process that I have personally found key to doing my job.

~ Debbie


The Six Phases of Effective Decision Making

One of the most important jobs of any intrapreneur is the ability to make good decisions. When variables are easy to understand, the process is usually straightforward. However, when variables are complex and you can see many pros and cons in a variety of options, decision making can be more difficult.

In these situations it’s helpful to see decision making as a process that needs to happen over time in order to pick the best path. In this session I’ll share several tools that can help make your decision process more effective including:

• The 6 phases of effective decision making
• A framework for assigning decision rights to different stakeholders in a group
• A process for more effectively framing decisions to be made.

You’ll leave with concrete tools you can put to use immediately to help you and your team become more effective at making tough decisions.

About the Speaker

Doug Sundheim is a leadership and organizational consultant with over 20 years of experience in growing businesses and helping others do the same. He works with leaders and teams of Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurial firms to help them maximize their effectiveness. His clients include Morgan Stanley, Harvard Management Company, The Chubb Corporation, Citigroup, University of Chicago, and Procter & Gamble among others. Prior to his work in leadership and organizational consulting, Doug spent several years in the Internet strategy field and started a 100-person catering company. Doug holds a BS from Cornell University and an MA in Adult Learning & Leadership from Columbia University. He lives in Westchester, NY with his wife and two sons.

Doug’s second book Taking Smart Risks: How Sharp Leaders Win When Stakes Are High is due out January 2013, published by McGraw-Hill.

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  • Debbie M.

    Doug Sundheim was outstanding. Engaging and really interesting material.

    December 12, 2012

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