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The Art & Science of Decision-Making

Do you rely on decision science to structure the decision-making process in your organization? If the answer is yes, you probably have profited from that decision during the last few years when highly-charged political environments have made decision-making a perilous undertaking.


The best decision I made as a Superintendent of Schools was to adopt a structured process for decision-making that is based on an informed analysis to ensure consistency and coherency throughout the organization. Quantitative and qualitative methodologies that everyone can use has made a significant impact on my school districts.


Defensible decision-making has never been in greater demand. Whether you are assembling a committee to consider school closure or consolidation, boundary changes, or surplus properties, a quantitative methodology is critical to provide governing bodies with all the information they need to make an informed decision. The same analytical process is useful for textbook adoptions, program adoptions, or any process which involves choosing among a list alternatives is the task. I recently led my governance team through the decision analysis process to determine priorities for a school facilities general obligation bond. The higher the stakes, the more critical it becomes that a structured and defensible process is used to inform the decision.

Whether there's a situation you need to appraise, a problem you need to more closely examine and analyze, or a risk analysis that needs to be done to determine a potential problem today's decision may have in future, a structured process that engages education partners and takes the guesswork out of decision-making is exactly what leaders need to build system coherence around decision-making in their organizations. 

The processes are an invaluable resource in the strategic planning process too. 

Learn more about how I can assist you below.


1:1 Coaching & Superintendent/Cabinet Team Development

As your thought partner, I assist with your successful completion of job responsibilities and/or professional goals from career mapping to resume development to interview preparation. For team coaching, I embed and support your goals of building capacity for systemic coherency and a productive team culture.


Decision-Making Skill Development for Systemic Coherence

If you do not use decision science as the foundation for decision-making you're vulnerable to internal and external attacks. I teach quantitative and qualitative problem-solving and decision-making processes that build capacity for developing short-term and long-term strategic plans and system coherence, as well as meet statutory requirements for LCAP development and 7/11 Committee work.


Board/Superintendent Relations & Strategic Planning/Branding

School district governance is not easy. Intentionality in developing processes and protocols support and sustain a team focused on student achievement. High-functioning governance teams articulate a shared vision, mission, and core values that form the foundation for strategic planning, system coherence, and brand development.

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