April 10, 2014: 5:00pm - 8:30pm
April 11, 2014 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Northrop Grumman

$1200 Participant Registration
(Includes tuition, course materials, parking and most meals)

CEU's awarded: 0.9
Course Number: LEAD304A


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About the Program

As a complementary follow-on to The Strategic View course, this course teaches participants multiple decision-making strategic models that prove simple, yet effective. Think. Plan. Act. These three core steps of strategic thinking culminate in Thrive. This course emphasizes the decision frameworks that truly ensure participants engage all three core steps, as they act, but in a thoughtful and planned manner. These models follow a quadrant-based system of strategic decision-making (as outlined below). When faced with complex choices in turbulent and changing times, professionals require tools that will systematize, clarify and simplify how we make decisions. This course features the toolbox for that.

  • Learn to redefine “the rules of the game” and shift toward concrete mode of thought and action
  • Develop mental acuity through a variety of strategic methods and processes
  • Envision the future state, while accounting for the past and present state
  • Boost proactive behavior and initiative in structured ways

Course Outline

Self-Awareness in the Decision-Making Process

  • Explore Models of How the Self Can Systematize Decisions
  • These Models Include: The Flow, The Johari Window and The Making-Of

Self-Development in the Decision-Making Process

  • Discuss and Implement Models that Develop Yourself to Improve Your Decision-Making Capabilities
  • These Models Include: Goal Mapping, The Project Portfolio, The Eisenhower, The Rubber Band and The Cross Roads

Understand Others in the Decision-Making Process

  • Incorporate Perspectives of Others to Make Your Decision-Making Truly Effective
  • These Models Include: Double Loop Learning, Appreciative Inquiry, The Black Swan and The Prisoner’s Dilemma

Develop Others in the Decision-Making Process

  • Culminate the Growth of Your Decision-Making Toolbox by Learning How to Develop Others with These Models
  • These Models Include: Situational Leadership and The 6 Hats


Vu Pham, Ph.D. works with dozens of organizations at the Fortune 500 level. Previously, he held Research Fellow positions through the University of California Office of the President and the Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine. He completed his degree from Cornell University and has a book entitled, Impressive First Impressions: The Most Important 30 Seconds (And 30 Years) of Your Career. His work has been featured on national and international multimedia venues, such as CNN, MSNBC, the Associated Press, Voice of America, The Los Angeles Times, KSCI International Television, Diversity, Inc. and Strategic Innovators. He has given numerous keynote speeches internationally, and has written for both academic and mainstream publications.