May Evening Event: Decision-Making: Perils and Remedies
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Today, in the face of information overload and choice overload, our decision-making tends to become overly influenced by personal bias, intuition, prior experience, and perception, which are hardly the best foundations for good decisions! Recent experiments by Professor Dan Ariely of MIT and others confirm our tendency to gravitate toward suboptimal decisions. The consensus is:
1. If there are no options, people tend to procrastinate and avoid making a decision.
2. If there are too many options, people become confused and are reluctant to make a decision.
3. If the majority seems to think something is better, most of us tend to agree as well.
This event is designed for project managers for whom justifying decisions and explaining the bases of their decisions has been a struggle. This lecture will show us how we can validate and defend our decisions.
In today’s world of information overload and choice overload, common sense and experience are not sufficient for our decision-making. It is imperative we know where pitfalls are and how to overcome them.
● 5:30-6:00 Registration
● 6:00 – 7:00 Networking, Appetizers
● 7:00 – 8:25 Featured Speaker
● 8:25 – 8:30 Raffle, Closing
● 8:30 Adjourn
Parking: Not included
Transportation: Take BART to Powell Street station; walk 2 blocks
Drink: Open cash bar (guests on own)
Dr. Wirasinghe, (President, Shanmar Inc.), is the author of the books “The Art of Making Decisions”, “The Decision-Making Handbook” and “The Negotiator’s Handbook”, and also the developer of the XpertUS Decision Support System.
Until recently, he was an adjunct at the University of Houston’s MBA program (Decision-Making). He has carved out a niche as a “decision-maker” and a “creative-thinker”, to shatter the myth and math of decision-making.
As a young man, he started life as a trainee mechanic in an Engineering workshop, and went on to graduate as Valedictorian from Teesside University, U.K. specializing in Mechanical Engineering. Subsequently he obtained his Ph.D. in Fluid Mechanics. As an Oil & Gas industry specialist and a University Professor, he has published papers on topics relating to Management, Engineering and Economics.
He has lived, worked and trained professionals in Asia, Mid-East, Europe, North America and South America. He spent 11 years in Venezuela, working for Petroleos de Venezuela, and the University of Zulia, where he lectured in Spanish. He has a thorough understanding of diverse cultures and values.
His clients include Applied Materials, The USA Navy, SAIC, Shell Oil, Technip, etc.
Speaker's web-site: www.XpertUS.com
Cancellation and No-Show policy:
If you have made a reservation and find that you will be unable to attend please send an email to email@example.com and cancel as early as possible. All cancellations are subject to a fee if done at least 5 days before the event. Cancellations after May 8, 2014 are subject to the full charge to ensure the Chapter does not incur excessive expenses.