Thinking Fast

An Introduction to Critical Thinking and Decision Making

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About This Course

The terrain for today’s decision-maker is a minefield in which any misstep can provoke a devastating explosion. In this sped-up world, you’re likely to have exactly one shot to get a decision right, not three. And if you get it wrong, you have less time to correct mistakes and reestablish credibility.

But those very challenges can provide unprecedented opportunity and strategic advantage, if you can embrace the responsibility for making good, fast, frequent decisions, and if you can do so better than your competitors. This is simple enough to say, but how can a decision-maker rapidly assess a situation, gather needed information, consider it thoroughly, and reach an intelligent conclusion? How can one make good, fast, frequent, winning decisions?

This Learning Sprint introduces you to a four-step process designed to help you make smarter decisions for today’s fast-paced business world. You will explore how to make a quality decision using a four-stage framework, and then applying it to the Todd Racing Case. You will discover how teams get tripped up in their decision-making about the Todd Racing Case.

Expert Faculty

John Austin

Professor, School of Leadership Studies, Fielding Graduate University

Course Features

100% Online Course Platform

30 Minutes Per Day

Leadership Coaching

World-Class Expert Teaching

Community of Practice

What You Will Learn

Align organizational decision making

Utilize a proven framework to eliminate bias and make better decisions

Explore multiple methods for making choices and determining the best fit for organizational challenges

What You Will Do

Learn how to assess decision-making quality

Understand how your personal and organizational frames guide your decisions, and how to manage those frames

Explore considerations for data collection and how to manage bias

Course Overview

Week One

WHAT IS A QUALITY DECISION?

  • Todd Racing Case
  • What Will You Do?
  • Focus on the Process
  • The Four Stages of Effective Decision Making
Week Two

STAGE 1: FRAMING

  • Framing
  • Framing in Action
  • Blind Spots
  • Framing Decisions
  • From Simulation to Real World: Todd Racing’s Reveal
Week Three

STAGE 2: GATHERING INTELLIGENCE

  • Your Estimation Ability
  • The Impact of Our Information Bias
  • Your Estimation Ability
  • Recommendations for Gathering Intelligence
Week Four

STAGE 3: COMING TO CONCLUSIONS

  • The Process, The People & Courage
  • A Pyramid of Approaches
  • Which Approach Was Best Suited for Todd Racing?
Week Five

STAGE 4: LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE

  • Decision-Making Toolkit
  • Summary and Application

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