Uncertainty and endless debate can inhibit our ability to make good decisions. Many of us squander our best opportunities to create value by making better decisions. What if we could judge the quality of our decisions at the time we make them, rather than waiting for their outcome? What if we could turn uncertainty to our advantage? Decision Quality (DQ) is a practical and systematic approach that methodically breaks down barriers and improves the quality and speed of important decisions.
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Decision Quality has proven to be an invaluable business tool for some of the largest corporations in the world. Companies that have adopted DQ for all their major decisions, like Chevron, are significantly outperforming their peer group of companies.
Now you can learn to make decisions faster and smarter. In this five-week introductory course, you’ll work in teams to learn the DQ approach, which draws from the disciplines of business, engineering, psychology, organizational behavior, and decision science. Whether you’re an executive, a manager, an analyst, or a small-business owner, you’ll learn to improve your decision-making process, generate better alternatives, focus on relevant information without getting bogged down, apply sound reasoning, and take timely action more effectively and efficiently. By the end of this course, you be able to:
- Define and recognize a quality decision when you make it, not just in hindsight
- Avoid traps that are common to most advocacy/approval processes
- Justify and defend your decisions with confidence
- Guide a team toward true Decision Quality, not just agreement
This course will focus on DQ as it is used in business, but the principles of DQ apply to personal decisions as well.
Expect to spend between 2-4 hours per week on the course over the five-week period.
This course is designed as a combination of short lectures and engaging team-based activities. While participants may work on their own, for a richer educational experience we recommend joining a team.
- Week 1: The Power of Decisions in Shaping our Lives and Business Fortunes
- Week 2: Effective Strategy—an Appropriate Frame
- Week 3: Relevant and Reliable Information
- Week 4: Sound Reasoning
- Week 5: Gaining Commitment to Action
You will need a computer that allows you to watch the video lectures and upload a variety of assignments including videos, slides, and text.
Statement of Accomplishment:
Subject to satisfactory performance and course completion, you will receive a statement of accomplishment signed by the instructor.