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Professional Learning Program

Decision-making strategies

Working toward effectiveness, transparency, and accountability






2 x 3-hour sessions


To be confirmed


There is no doubt that we live in unpredictable times. It can seem as though the only constant is change. Yet, through the confusion, we need to stay the course. We need to be able to make strong, efficacious decisions. Yet, the stage for sound decision-making can be difficult.  

Data can be scarce or even overwhelming. Time frames can be tight, tensions can be high, and implications can be grave. So, what do we do? Well, there are no easy answers, but there are strategies we can add to our tool chest. Strategies that can help with risk assessment, with effectiveness, with transparency, and with accountability. Strategies that can help you make timely decisions that make the best use of available information, recognise uncertainty, balance risk, and inspire the confidence of others. 

In this workshop, Dr Zina O’Leary will help you develop strategies that cut through the noise and lead to better decision making for sustainable situation improvement for your organisation.   

The workshop will run online as two, 3hour sessions with a one week break between sessions. It will incorporate a variety of inputs, group discussion and small group work.  

This course is highly applied and will look directly at the issues currently facing public servants. The focus is on developing what participants will be able to do, not just what they will know. 

What will you learn?

On completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Empathise with leaders and decision-makers under pressure
  • Understand and weigh competing interests
  • Engage in risk assessment
  • Undertake scenario planning
  • Undertake multicriteria analysis
  • Leverage strategies for getting stakeholders onboard
Learning outcomes

How to frame public servant pressures

The importance of accountability and transparency

How to make sound decisions when data and information is limited

The importance of assessing risk in decision-making

The tools that can help make accountable and transparent decisions under pressure

How to get others to accept decisions that may be difficult or unpopular

Who should attend?

The workshop is aimed at the public sector, local government, and not-for-profit managers and executives charged with organisational decision-making.

Event Details

Dates: TBC

Duration: 2 x 3-hour sessions

Location: Online via Zoom

Cost: TBC


ANZSOG Alumni receive a 15% discount.

Every person who completes the Executive Master of Public AdministrationExecutive Fellows ProgramDeputies Leadership ProgramTowards Strategic Leadership or an international program becomes part of our alumni. Only one discount is redeemable for each registration.

Got a question?

To enquire about this course, please contact ANZSOG’s Program Delivery team with the program name as the subject line to e.education@anzsog.edu.au or call us on +61 3 8344 1984.

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