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Decision-Making/Problem-Solving Course

Course Overview

Big Think’s curriculum teaches leaders and managers to develop key decision-making and problem-solving skills for the workplace to help to support their organization’s mission, values, and goals.

“For decision makers... it’s important to understand what is true and to understand how the world works so that you can judge the consequences of alternative courses of action as accurately as possible.” — Lawrence H. Summers, Making Complex Decisions: A Masterclass with Lawrence Summers

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Core Features:


  • Video lessons that provide the tools and practice to improve decision-making skills
  • Private, structured self-reflection questions
  • Missions (step-by-step processes by which the leader applies the decision-making/problem-solving concepts with his or her colleagues)
  • Guided peer-to-peer discussions grouped by professional level
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Case Study Modules:

Cultivate a Mindset: Sound decision-making is as much a mindset as it is a set of techniques. In this module, you will learn to ground yourself in good decision-making ethos and how to approach the process with the perspective and mindset of a researcher.

Decide Rationally: The ability to decide rationally makes it possible for others to support the decision maker because the process for making the decision is clearly defined. In this module, you will explore the steps to critical thinking as well as a process for improving your decision-making skills over time.

Correct for Cognitive Biases: Cognitive biases are patterns of deviation in judgment whereby inferences about other people and situations are drawn in an illogical fashion. In this module, you will learn to detect and compensate for some all-too-human biases.

Apply Situational Strategies: Now that you have a foundation for good decision making, learn how to engage and lead your team in challenging situations. In this module, you will learn to appraise situations and adopt strategies tailored to new circumstances.

Execute the Action Plan: Now that you have a foundation for good decision making, learn how to engage and lead your team in challenging situations. In this module, you will learn to appraise situations and adopt strategies tailored to new circumstances.

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