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March 1, 2009

Mtg: How to Make DAMN Good Decisions

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THURSDAY March 5, 2009
SCV Technology Management Council
Speaker: Burke Robinson, Ph.D., Consulting Professor, Stanford University
Time: Guided Networking at 6:30 PM; Dinner at 7:15 PM; Presentation at 7:45 PM
Cost: $25 for IEEE members; $30 for non-members ($5 more after 3/3)
Place: Ramada Inn, 1217 Wildwood Ave, Sunnyvale
RSVP: see web link (specify meat or vegetarian)

Burke Robinson is a consulting professor in the management science and engineering department at Stanford University.? He will present his Top Ten List for making DAMN good decisions.? Included on his list are: distinctions between controllable and uncontrollable factors, rewards for good decisions instead of outcomes, importance of framing and structuring, evaluating different alternatives across uncertain scenarios, the 5+/- 2 rule for decision analysis, portfolio value creation, joint venture risk sharing, the law of unintended consequences, irrational decision behaviors, and tuning up gut feeling.? He will discuss examples of current political and economic decisions that could be improved by using these principles and practices.
As a former director of Strategic Decisions Group, an international management consulting firm that he helped found, and a former director at the Institute for the Future â?? as well as currently the CEO of his own consulting business â?? Dr. Robinson has worked for over 30 years with the top management teams and boards of many leading companies worldwide.
Prof. Robinson leads a teaching team of thirty consulting colleagues who assist as guest lecturers in a dozen undergraduate and graduate courses.? The focus of his curriculum is on how to make DAMN good decisions, with a heavy practical emphasis on tools for applying decision and risk analysis to business dilemmas
His primary areas of process expertise are:? strategic leadership and management, business development, risk management, and decision analysis.
He believes that success in an uncertain future world depends critically on making the right strategic decisions today.? His unique approach blends qualitative structuring and quantitative analysis methods that enable leaders to transform their organization’s fears, uncertainties, and doubts (FUDs) into hopes, dreams, and action plans.

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