Effective Decision Making

Dates & Costs

June 24 - 25
9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

$1,600 (regular tuition)
$1,360 (if you register before May 8)
$1,360 (McCourt School alumni)
$1,200 (McCourt School students)

Target Audience

This course is designed for all people interested in improving their decision making skills. No prior experience is needed.

Course Description

Using techniques and guided simulations normally reserved for global executive business and political leaders, this course is designed for those looking to enhance their ability to maximize their productivity and make effective decisions. The course will draw on lessons from psychology, communication and organizational behavior, cognitive science and politics to distill the most important skills and qualities of smart decision making in a rapidly changing global landscape.

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Course Goals

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify effective techniques to increase productivity and improve decision making
  • Understand how to overcome indecision
  • Cultivate the techniques to utilize conflict and disagreement at the group and institutional level
  • Learn how to synthesize information and ask the right questions
  • Possess the skills to spot future trends and increase creativity
  • Know how to use and control emotions to make critical decisions


Dr. Sam Potolicchio is the Director of Global and Custom Education at McCourt. He also serves as the President of the Preparing Global Leaders Foundation, an international leadership program with campuses in Russia, Macedonia, Jordan and the United States that has trained leaders from over 100 countries. He advises top political officials, business leaders, and governments in more than 20 countries including CEO’s, members of parliament, and high-ranking appointed officials in the Middle East, the Balkans, and Eastern Europe. Potolicchio was named by the Princeton Review as one of the “Best Professors in America” in 2012, the only one chosen from his field and the Future Leader of Higher Education by the Association of Colleges and Universities. Dr. Potolicchio is the Distinguished Professor and Department Chairman in Political and Social Communications at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, where he oversaw the creation of the first English Language program in Global Governance and Leadership in the Russian Federation, a joint degree program with the University of Bologna. He also serves as a lecturer for Congress’ Open World Leadership Center.

Continuing Education Units (CEU)

Students who complete this course will earn 1.2 continuing education units.


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