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Good decision making defines good leadership. But the impact, speed, and pervasiveness of changes in the workplace – the open source era – means decisions must be made faster, with less certainty and with greater consequences than perhaps, at any time in recorded history. Relying on standards, analytical decision making models is still necessary, but no longer sufficient for navigating an increasing disruptive future.

How we typically make decisions is through thinking about the available information, “fast and slow”. We use two brain systems, System 1 and System 2. System 1 operates automatically, quickly, and intuitively. System 2 operates more slowly and deliberatively when complex computations are required. We have been managing and deciding pretty well with these two systems, provided the information is more or less expected. However, when events and circumstances fall outside our range of experience and have uncertain, ethical and long-term consequences, we need to access the ‘Third System’ to make a good, and ultimately, a wise decision.

This one-day workshop will help you understand your ‘Third System’ of decision making – what it is, when to use it, and how to apply it – for making faster and better-quality decisions. The Open Source Era is here, now. You will increasingly be faced with problems and dilemma for which there are no right or wrong answers. Learning the skills of the ‘Third System’ will prepare you to make decisions for a better future.

**This programme is part of the Accelerate Workshop Series.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Discover sub-conscious biases that trick them into making the wrong decisions, and how to overcome them
  • Identify the most effective ways to process information in order to make better decisions
  • Practice a framework for making not just good decisions, but also wise decisions
  • Learn and apply mindful leadership techniques for greater personal energy and enhanced team performance

Workshop At A Glance

Why most decision-making is flawed

  • What are the real world consequences of biased decisions?
  • What are the most common cognitive biases, and what can you do about them?

A framework for making wise decisions
  • Identify the conventional systems of decision processing
  • Discover the third system that will increase your chances of making wise decisions

Application of the Third System
  • Deep dive into the components of the third system of decision making
  • Practice the third system of making a wise decision for a real world scenario

The everyday practice of making wise decisions
  • Introducing mindfulness – a simple everyday skill for making wise decisions
  • Learn how to practice mindful skills

Who Should Attend?

While the content of this workshop is suitable for anyone who wishes to develop breakthrough leadership skills, the ideal participant profile is managers with an average of 15 years of work experience.

The AWS: Making Wise Decisions
Module 2 of the Accelerate Workshop Series by Iclif is designed to take your decision-making to a whole new level, where recognising and overcoming biases can help you make clearer, more mindful, and wiser decisions for more rewarding outcomes. Sign up now at

Programme Director and Faculty

Peter J. Webb

Author of ‘Coaching for Wisdom: Enabling Wise Decisions’ in The Philosophy and Practice of Coaching (2008), Peter has more than…

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