Communication: The Six Thinking Hats

Decisions! Decisions! Decisions!

A good discussion is critical for making good decisions. However, we’ve all seen conversations that have been monopolized by one point of view . . . that have missed critical aspects . . . that have reached impasse.

The purpose of this seminar is to introduce and discuss a framework for generating thorough conversations that lead to good decisions. The framework divides a conversation into six aspects of discussion and decision making - data, emotions, optimism, caution, process, and creativity.

Ken Macur will explore these aspects and help you understand how each contributes to the process. He will discuss the different ways that they can be used to manage a discussion, how to keep a discussion moving, and how to recognize and resolve impasses. He will also use a case study to walk through the use of the model in action and how the model can be used to evaluate decisions.

Ken Macur is the Associate Academic Dean at Edgewood College in Madison, WI. His position reports to the Vice President of the College and is responsible for overseeing a $14,000,000 budget. Currently, he is the project manager for the implementation of a new General Education curriculum, the implementation of a new online education structure, and the selection and implementation of an assessment/e-portfolio system.
He has a B.S. (accountancy), an M.B.A. (finance), and a Ph.D. (accountancy), all from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Details

Seminar
Communication: The Six Thinking Hats
Date
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Schedule
  • 7:30 AM – 8:00 AM Continental Breakfast & Registration
  • 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Presentation
  • 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Q&A
Location
Monona Terrace
One John Nolen Drive
Madison,
Cost
This event is sponsored by First Business Bank and offered at no cost to Madison area business owners and their senior management staff.
Parking
Parking Pass Provided
Registration Deadline
April 7, 2010