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DQ 101: Introduction to Decision Quality

Strategic Decisions Group via NovoEd

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Uncertainty and endless debate can inhibit our ability to make good decisions. Many of us squander our best opportunities to create value through better decisions. What if we could judge the quality of our decisions at the time we make them, rather than waiting for their outcome? What if we could turn uncertainty to our advantage? Decision Quality (DQ) is a practical and systematic approach that methodically breaks down barriers and improves the quality and timeliness of important decisions.

Decision Quality has proven to be an invaluable business tool for some of the largest corporations in the world. Companies that have adopted DQ for all their major decisions, like Chevron, are significantly outperforming their peer group of companies.

Now you can learn to make smarter decisions. In this five-week introductory course, you’ll work in teams to learn the DQ approach, which draws from the disciplines of business, engineering, psychology, organizational behavior, and decision science. Whether you’re an executive, a manager, an analyst, or a small-business owner, you’ll learn to improve your decision-making process, generate better alternatives, focus on relevant information without getting bogged down, apply sound reasoning, and take timely action more effectively and efficiently. By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the six requirements of Decision Quality
  • Recognize the quality of a decision before you make it (not just in hindsight)
  • Identify gaps in Decision Quality and focus your attention where it matters
  • Reach DQ in significant decisions in a timely and efficient way
  • Gain awareness of strategic Decision Quality, decision "power tools," and the role of decision professionals.

In a recent offering of this course, 88% of participants said it was relevant to their job, and 90% said they would recommend it to a colleague! This course will focus on DQ as it is used in business, but the principles of DQ apply to personal decisions as well.


Week 1: The Power of Decisions in Shaping our Lives and Business Fortunes

Week 2: Appropriate Frame; Creative and Doable Alternatives; Clear Values and Trade-offs 

Week 3: Relevant and Reliable Information 

Week 4: Sound Reasoning

Week 5: Gaining Commitment to Action; Bringing it All Together

Taught by

Carl Spetzler


3.9 rating, based on 8 Class Central reviews

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    Hola me gustaría inscribirme al curso, se que me ayudara demasiado, pero quisiera que también los vídeos estén en español dado a que no domino a la perfección el ingles, estoy leyendo por mi parte para entender mucho mas sobre el idioma antes de llevar el curso, pero no quisiera perderme ningún detalle. Excelente aporte para nosotros como aprendices que no tenemos los recursos económicos para acceder a una universidad del prestigio como las que se mencionan pero eso si las ganas de superación y esfuerzo por aprender sobran. Gracias y espero aprender mucho. Saludos desde Chiclayo - Perú.
  • Swap
    Well balanced between basic and advance practical skills. Recommended for very one who want to analyse the decision they make in life or work. Pragmatic tools and simple language. Suitable for all types of Learners. Assignment and group discussions are helpful.
  • Anonymous
    One of the courses that changes my life , as a professional and an individual. I learned about appying cognitive bias ona professional decision , and debunking them. Very good signal/noise ration
  • Luc Taesch
    very valuable introduction to DQ, well structured and immediately applicable. I had recommended it . Very understandable, given a minimum background.
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