Oak Innovation: Decision Making Skills Training Course Material


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The training course is designed to be easily delivered, in any environment.

What you’ll get:

  • 44-page participant manual
  • 76 Powerpoint slides
  • Practical exercises
  • Reading list
  • Course evaluation form
  • Course action plan
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How to deliver an amazing training course on decision-making skills

We get messages from people all the time looking for training content they can use to offer decision-making training courses.

This decision-making skills training course will address the challenges faced by general operatives and line-managers who need to make better decisions as part of their duties.

In truth, we understand why some people don’t have time to create everything from scratch. We know that it’s hard to craft Powerpoint slide decks, develop course manuals, and everything else that is needed.

Read on to explore what you’ll receive. We’ll also explore how to deliver this course.

Sample training course material

Wave goodbye to endless hours of developing content from scratch. And, just imagine how wonderful it will feel like to deliver a successful training course on decision-making skills (see sample course material below).

Benefits of this training course material

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  • Freedom to add your logo
  • Brand everything as your own
  • Fully customizable
  • Deliver the course wherever you want
  • All content is developed by industry experts
  • Saves you time and effort
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  • No experience required

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Oak Innovation is loved by industry-leading professionals all around the world.

Great job. I look forward to using it.

Rafiq Jaffer, Institute of Social Sciences

I have used your courses and have found them helpful and effective in training my staff.

Andre Koen, Anoka County, MN, USA

It is straightforward, easy to identify and apply with daily workplace experiences.

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The content is fine and provides a good range of techniques to train.

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What you’ll get

  • 44-page participant manual
  • 76 powerpoint slides
  • Practical exercises
  • Further reading
  • Course evaluation form
  • Action plan

Learning objectives

At the end of this training course your participants will be able to:

– Identify the main obstacles to effective decision-making

– Understand the decision-making process

– Understand a range of techniques

– Explain the benefits of a decision-making process

Note: Often our customers pair this decision-making course with our training content on how to improve problem-solving skills.

Course outline

In an effort to provide you with as much value as possible, we’re going to show you how to deliver the key sections of this training course.

What is decision making – We’re always pushing that successful decision-making skills are a business-critical skill. In fact, we think that improving decision making in companies is just a really smart thing to do. And, we’re confident that companies that make better and faster decisions tend to be the most successful.

So it’s no wonder that the demand for decision-making skills training courses is always present. The biggest issue for most is companies is that decision-making skills are needed to also tackle factors like the need for change management skills, a desire to remain competitive, and a growing realization of the need for the company to be continually innovating.

As with all training courses, we find that it is essential to ease any concerns or apprehension that an audience may have. We also try to walk in the shoes of our audience and try to take things a little slow at the start.

Companies are now recognizing the need to both upskill and empower their staff. This change is especially relevant with a a need for change leaders to help to manage the rapid pace of change, a knowledge economy, and a requirement to enable employees to participate in all decisions. For example, the ability to use all knowledge-based resources in the decision-making process can only be useful if the people with the knowledge are empowered to make the decisions.

So, how can we enable people to make better decisions?

It’s the biggest reason for training courses like this right now.

An audience will take notice when they know that the content being shared is of real value to them.

Think about it. The ability to involve people in the decision-making process allows the organization to empower their staff. SO it’s essential to explore the advantages that emerge for the company. We accept that no list of advantages will ever be complete, but as an indication, the benefits are:

  • Ownership for the decision is with those who need to implement the solutions
  • Different perspectives brought to bear on the decision-making process
  • Better utilization of the resources, especially knowledge-based resources

Types of decisions – We all understand the multitude of risks that emerge from poor decision-making skills. If your audience is to stand any chance of making better decisions, they must learn about the different types of decision-making that can exist. And while it’s easy just to list examples of decision-making, you should use the content to create a shift in how your audience thinks about decisions.

Be sure to encourage them to openly discuss any challenges that they have in terms of making decisions. Even brief examples will help you generate better levels of engagement as you use the material provided to explore individual and group decision making.

Set aside some time to share your personal experiences with making decisions. Whether it’s just a simple series of poor choices that you’ve taken, inspirational successes, or developed industry-specific lessons, this storytelling will play a significant role in their learning. Consciously incorporating in these stories to the content will build on the material provided and embed learning for your audience.

The decision-making process – If you catch yourself overthinking how to share a decision-making process, you’re in good company as many struggle with this very area.

We’ve learned that often people know what skills they want to develop but just can’t figure out just how to make these changes. They talk about how they “can’t make a decision” to get things done, but the truth is, they just don’t know what to do because they want to get the benefits of making great decisions but haven’t learned how to make better decisions.

At this stage of the course, we suggest that you follow the content as provided and to focus on the practical steps on improving decision-making skills. It’s ridiculous how simple some rules-of-thumb that we all can use to make better and faster decisions aren’t used by everyone.

Let’s explore this a bit further.

The reality is when your audience will return to work, and perhaps may still feel overwhelmed when making decisions, they will focus on what they have learned in this course. For example, all of us can forget to set objectives and will use things in our environment to distract us from making decisions. So if you share the content they will have the correct set of skills to overcome the challenges normally impacting on effective decision-making skills.

Decision-making techniques – Part 1 – As simple as it sounds, this part of the course will open up real opportunities for your audience to improve their decision-making skills.

We encourage you to pay attention to the learning objectives as you walk through the content provided. This focus will ground all learning and allow for greater certainty on the direction the course is going.

As many of you know, want to offer as much value as we can. We encourage you to start this section by using the material to explore a range of effective decisions making techniques. Remember that it’s critical for your audience to understand the PMI technique and the use of decision trees and fault trees. Next, share the importance of disconfirming questions. Plus, the use of prospective hindsight and the body frame technique.

Along similar lines, we encourage you to share decision-making success stories that you are aware of to magnify their learning at this point.

Dealing with uncertainty and risk – In our opinion and with help from stories from our clients, we know that staring at decisions all day can fry your brain. And, when your audience is feeling stressed by uncertainty and risk, it can significantly impact their ability to make effective decisions. Over the years, we’ve heard so many people say amazing things about our content, and in this part of the course, you should use the content to help your audience to let go of some preconceptions and explore how to deal with change. And, of course, how they can better manage risk.

Decision-making techniques – Part 2 – Dealing with the pressure from companies to make great decisions is such a big topic for so many who attend decision-making training courses. And, we usually get by without raising the whole area of self-talk, but now and again, it’s essential to build this concept within some discussion. For example, it is so critical to shift your audience’s self-talk from “I make terrible decisions all the time” to something like, “I now have techniques to help me make better decisions.”

If your audience shares that they are suffering in terms of how to make better decisions, show your concern by actively listening. There’s nothing wrong with people talking about challenges, and it should be encouraged at that stage in the course.

We end the course with content that examines a series of techniques that will help your course participants to make better decisions. In particular, use the content provided to focus on linked decisions, trade-offs, and the even-swap method.

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How to answer common questions

What are the six criteria for an effective decision making process?

Here are the primary criteria:

  1. Focus on what is important
  2. Process logical and consistent
  3. Takes into account objective and subjective factors and uses both analytical and intuitive thinking
  4. Requires only as much information as is necessary to make the decision
  5. Encourages and guides information gathering
  6. Straightforward, flexible and user-friendly

What are the six main decision-making techniques?

The following are the six main decision-making techniques available:

  1. PMI
  2. Decision trees
  3. Fault trees
  4. Disconfirming questions
  5. Prospective hindsight
  6. Body frame

How do you analyze linked decisions?

Hers is a simple 6 step process:

  1. Understand the underlying decision problem
  2. Identify ways to eliminate or reduce critical uncertainties
  3. Identify future decisions linked to the primary decision
  4. Understand the complexity of the relationships
  5. Decide what to do in the fundamental decision

Can I edit the content and add my company logo?

Yes. You can now add your logo and customize the course content freely using Microsoft Word and Powerpoint. You can also deliver the course materials where, when and as often as needed.

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