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Yale School of Management

Leading Effective Decision-Making

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Oct 28—Dec 8, 2019


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About the course

Stepping into a leadership role means addressing pivotal decisions while contending with an ever-expanding range of considerations, and managing a quickly shifting landscape.

This 6-week program will prepare executives to provide structure and clarity to uncertain situations, incorporate a broad range of perspectives and inputs to surface previously undiscovered options, evaluate those options in a systematic and data-driven way, assess potential risks, and balance risks and rewards to generate high-return decisions for their business.

Key Takeaways

  • Broaden perspective while making difficult trade-offs.
  • Swiftly and effectively approach gaps in knowledge and expertise.
  • Scale efforts to accommodate the scope of the issue, as well as time/resource constraints.
  • Structure solutions to avoid over-committing, support progress today, and leave options open tomorrow as the organization learns more.
  • Recognize how natural psychological tendencies and emotional influences revealed by science of behavioral economics can derail decisions.

Program Structure

  • 6 week duration, 30 hours to complete requirements
  • 6 hours of on-demand, HD lectures
  • Professor interactions, group learning, and optional coaching sessions
  • Facilitated intra-company team meetings
  • Final project, which integrates weekly activities

Who should attend

This course is designed for managers, directors, VPs, and C-suite—with the drive and desire to solve their organization’s critical business challenges.

Trust the experts

Nathan Novemsky

Professor Novemsky is Professor of Marketing in the Yale School of Management and has an appointment as Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Yale University. He is an expert in the psychology of judgment and decision-making, an area that overlaps heavily with behavioral econ...


Daylian Cain

Dr. Cain''s research focuses on "judgment and decision-making" and "behavioral business ethics." In other words, he studies the reasons why smart people do dumb things. Cain is a leading expert on conflicts of interest, especially the "perverse effects of disclosing conflicts of interest," and ho...


Paul Bracken

Professor Bracken is a leading expert in global competition and the strategic application of technology in business and defense. His research and teaching focus on helping senior management deal with changing business environments and intense uncertainty. Bracken is consistently rated as one of ...


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