Why You Should Invite a Devil’s Advocate into Your Business

You and your team have spent weeks getting a plan together for a new product, service or strategy. To arrive at this plan, you’ve interviewed and surveyed numerous stakeholders, conducted market and competitive research, worked out detailed launch and support plans, generated proforma financials and created a great PowerPoint presentation for executive management review and approval.

It’s been a long haul but, finally, everyone is on the same page, and everything is ready to go for a great success – or is it? Inviting a Devil’s Advocate into your business can help answer this question.

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Decision Making Course Addresses Skills Gap

A new course entitled, Improve Your Decision Making Skills, is now available to help address the analytical and problem-solving skills gap reported by various sources, including the World Economic Forum Future of Jobs Report 2018.

Cognitive biases affect the most important strategic decisions made by the smartest managers in the best companies

The Case for Behavioral Strategy, McKinsey Quarterly

Designed as an introduction to critical and systems thinking, the course includes how to identify and construct strong arguments that support conclusions, and practical tools that can help in daily decision making. The course will benefit both those early in their professional careers and seasoned managers who must guide their teams to better decisions and outcomes.

Delivered in a live, classroom setting, the course is offered at the NC State McKimmon Center for Extension & Continuing Education, and may also be conducted onsite at your company or your field training events.

Please view the short video below for more information and click here to learn more or to schedule the course for your business.

Reduce Your Project Risk by Modeling to Simulation

I had the pleasure of speaking at ProductCamp RTP 2018 on the topic of reducing business risk through simulation — how business managers can achieve the same kind of benefits that pilots receive from the use of flight simulators. I have reduced my original ProductCamp RTP 2018 presentation to a 6-minute movie (below).

In simulated flight, pilots navigate a realistic virtual world while a trainer subjects them to rare events like engine failure. The pilot learns through repeated failure how to recover from these challenging training events without loss of property or life.

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