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Program Overview

Wise judgment and effective decision-making have always been essential skills for leaders across all professional settings. Today, leaders have access to mountains of data from myriad sources. The question is, how can they leverage this abundance of information to make smarter decisions?

Leadership Decision Making features hands-on learning experiences that help leaders like you improve decision analysis and leadership effectiveness. Led by Faculty Chair Jennifer Lerner, this ten-day intensive online program will give you the tools to recognize biases in judgment that affect even the most intelligent individuals and to incorporate structured decision-making techniques empirically shown to enhance decision making. You'll also receive customized, confidential feedback on your decision-making style.

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Program Curriculum

Drawing on theories and evidence from psychology, behavioral economics, and neuroscience, Leadership Decision Making presents cutting-edge research and translates scientific discoveries into practical strategies through live lectures, asynchronous materials, and group work. In addition to Faculty Chair Jennifer Lerner’s expertise in decision science and management, this program features world-renowned Harvard faculty and experts as guest speakers.

Learning Objectives

The curriculum focuses on key areas that drive organizational performance, including:

  • Reducing decision biases in your organization
  • Communicating risk accurately and effectively
  • Increasing prediction accuracy, especially for low-probability, potentially catastrophic events
  • Understanding the role of emotion in judgment and decision making
  • Designing smart accountability systems for judgment and decision making
  • Leading positive change
  • Harnessing the power of experiments to catalyze organizational learning

Application Information

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Online Schedule

The interactive online curriculum will be conducted through a mix of live faculty-led sessions and asynchronous work, including:

  • Live Faculty-led sessions will run Mon - Fri from 9:00 am ET – 12:00 pm ET time, with the exception of the second Tuesday of the program when class will start at 8:30am ET and end at 12:30pm ET time.  
  • Pre-program readings: Participants will be expected to spend approximately one hour preparing before the program begins and approximately two hours of independent work daily once the program is underway.
  • A 1-hour Onboarding Session (week prior)
  • Optional Daily virtual networking before and after class: 8:30am-9:00am ET (Virtual Hallway) and 12:00-12:30pm ET (LDM Lounge).
WHAT PARTICIPANTS ARE SAYING

"The best executive learning experience I have had. It gave me many new tools on how to create and apply decision frameworks to the complex problems I deal with at work, and how to recognize and correct for cognitive biases in myself and others."

EILEEN BJORKMAN, EXEC. DIRECTOR, US AIR FORCE TEST CENTER

 

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    Faculty & Research

    Faculty Chair
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    Jennifer Lerner

    Appointment
    Thornton Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy, Decision Science, and Management
    617-495-9962
    Harvard Faculty and Guest Speakers
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    Julia Minson

    Appointment
    Associate Professor of Public Policy
    617-495-3204
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    Todd Rogers

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    Professor of Public Policy
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    Dan Shapiro

    Daniel Shapiro

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    Founder and Director, Harvard International Negotiation Program
    Associate Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital
    Affiliate faculty, Program on Negotiation

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