Pennsylvania ATD Executive Education Series: "Embracing Uncertainty: Making Decisions in a Rapidly Changing World"

  • January 12, 2022
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Your Home Office

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Welcome to the Pennsylvania Executive Education Series sponsored by your ATD chapter.  Every 2nd Wednesday of the month we'll be presenting a thought leader in executive education coming from our most prestigious academic institutions and organizations across the state. 

With the increasing speed, uncertainty and complexity in today’s world, superior decision skills are more important than ever. This session will help you improve your decision-making skills by offering behavioral insights into how people actually think and make decisions. It will include practical action items for building new decision habits and reducing decision stressors.

Dr. Austin will also overlay the added complexity of massive uncertainty in today’s ever-changing environment and discuss ways to embrace and incorporate this uncertainty.

 In the session participants with learn:

  • how to identify decision blind spots and develop strategies to neutralize them
  • how to view uncertainty in a realistic and accurate way
  • the importance of viewing issues as polarities
  • how to calibrate risks associated with uncertainty

Dr. John Austin
P.D. Merrill Endowed Chair of the Business Department at University of New England


Dr. John Austin is the P.D. Merrill Endowed Chair of the Business Department at University of New England. He is an experienced facilitator and an award-winning teacher who has worked with practicing executives on six continents. 

Prior to joining the faculty at The University of New England, he was a faculty member at Fielding Graduate University, Penn State University and The University of Washington. He has taught executives in programs at Duke CE, The Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania), Georgetown University, Thunderbird School of International Management, The University of North Carolina, and Penn State University. 

He has worked with numerous global Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and professional associations developing leaders and leading long-term projects in the areas of change management, scenario planning, team performance, strategic decision-making, and strategy execution.

Dr. Austin holds a BA in economics from The Johns Hopkins University and a PhD in management from Boston College. He has conducted research on team leadership, organizational change implementation, and strategic decision-making. His research on knowledge-based decision-making teams is widely cited in the academic literature, as is his work on the strategic actions of internal change agents. 

He is the author of Leading Effective Change: A Primer for the HR Professional published as part of the SHRM Foundation’s Effective Practice Guidelines Series (2015). His book, Unquestioned Brilliance: Navigating a Fundamental Leadership Trap, was published in fall 2015.


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