Strategic Decision Making Public Program


Using strategic thinking to make the right decisions


Apply strategic thinking to make the right decision every time!

Program Objective

Action-based learning

Learner-provided case discussions

Real-time problem-solving

End of course networking

Understand that strategic thinking is not strategic planning


The Liedtka Strategic Thinking Framework


Using the AITC Strategic Decision Making Model

Program Outline

$1,280 per person by 30 June

$1,505 per person after 30 June

Fee applicable for PIC Grant

Subject to GST

Program Fee
Program Features

It’s a complete thinking framework,

Which leaves no holes in your decision process,

Which gives you greater confidence in making the right decision,

Which allows you to defend the decision better,

Which influences others to your decision,

Which gets you more collaborators (backers),

Which leads to increased decision success!

If you have to recommend decisions or make decisions yourself, this course is for YOU!

Ian Dyason is the CEO of A I Training & Consulting and chief architect of the AITC Strategic Decision Making framework. Ian has been a trainer and consultant for the past 14 years, facilitating and consulting for Fortune 500 companies as well as government agencies throughout Asia. Ian graduated from NUS with a B.Eng. on a government scholarship and the University of Leicester, UK with a MBA. Companies he has worked with include Bank of Tokyo, Brunei Shell Petroleum, BP Singapore, BCA, Deutsche Bank, DHL, IDA, HDB, Manulife, Mitsubishi Corp, PSA, SembCorp Marine, SIA, SATS, UOB and UBS.

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Why should you attend?
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Some email enquiries

Dear Ian, I read that you have a SDM public run. I am interested in attending, but what can I expect from this? Francis


Dear Francis,


Day 1 of the program is meant to teach you to think strategically; i.e. to learn to identify intent, thinking systemically, apply thinking-in-time, reframe for new perspectives and embark on the hypothesis-driven process. We use videos to give you a sense of the big picture before we dive deeper into each element applying it on a question, "Why don't diets work?" So you can expect a lot of discovery, discussion and dynamism for the first day.


On Day 2, you will learn to apply these techniques to make the right decisions. We will uncover our Strategic Decision Making framework and apply them to a real-life decision that you bring to the workshop. You will see how the strategic thinking frame you learnt in Day 1 will be applied here in Day 2. The day will end by you actually making the right decision for yourself or your group! How wonderful is that? And at the end of Day 2, there will be an end-of-course cocktail and networking so that we can trade more secrets about strategic thinking and decision-making. So you can expect a lot of interaction, putting lessons learnt into action, and connecting and creating bonds at the end of the second day!


I hope this excites you enough to sign up for the workshop!




Dear Ian, I am not a strategic planner in my company. Would I be out of place here? Angela


Hi Angela,


Absolutely not! This is not a strategic planning program, per se although there is a need to apply strategic thinking to planning. While strategic planning is usually confined to those doing the work, strategic thinking is for EVERYONE! After all, everyone makes strategic decisions every now and then. For example, are you married? Or want to get married? Well, that is a strategic decision. Should you take that job opening in your company in Xiamen? Well that is another strategic decision. Or should you buy an apartment in Punggol? That is yet another strategic decision! So all of us are faced with strategic decisions from time to time, and we need to learn how to make the right one. Hence, this is a program for everyone who needs to think strategically.


So you will not be out of place in this program. You will be most welcome!




Hi, would you accept an independent consultant to come for your program? 




Why not? Knowledge is not for me to hold on to. Come and learn and if you can apply it for yourself or your clients, I would be so happy. And if there is something that we might collaborate on together, I would be even more delighted to work with you. So come along, and please introduce yourself to me so that we can make this program even more meaningful for you! 





Dear sir, I am a university student and would like to learn about strategy but I don't have the money for the program. Would you be able to let me come for free? 




I am sure we can work something out since you are a student. I obviously cannot let you come for free but if there is something you can do for me, like trade some time or work on some project that I usually undertake, I am sure we can accommodate you. How does that sound to you?




PS: Please don't call me sir. I have just hung up my uniform for good after 30 years in the Army as regular and NS KAH and just go by plain 'ol Ian. Can? 


Hi Ian, I find your claim of being able to make the right decision EVERY TIME rather misleading. Do you mean to say that we will never make a mistake?  Jonathan

Dear Jonathan,


I am glad you asked me this question and I have actually answered this question in a previous article. But it is such a good question that I will repeat my answer. First I want to assure you that we are all fallible so we will make mistakes. But making the mistake has nothing to do with making the right decision. You cannot judge a decision by its outcome. After all, if the only time we ever knew if our decision was right or not was when it has successfully run its course, then we will never know whether we have made the right decision until it is done! This is no way to make decisions. I know, there are people who operate in this fashion, and you will see that they make painfully slow decisions, if at all! 


So Jonathan, the first thing I need you to understand is that outcome does not determine the right or wrong decision. So what does? Well, if you think of decision making as a process, and that any process has three elements: input, process and output; and since we already said that outcome is not a determinant, then the keys to making the right decision must lie in the decision inputs and process.


Our process has been backed by research in the US and Singapore. It has been verified and found acceptable to all who have used it. So we have got that covered. And we will teach that to you.


So the last variable lies in your hands. We will uncover everything you need as decision inputs to make the right decision every time. Ultimately, Jonathan, if you decide not to use them, then you have to bear the responsibility for it being the wrong decision. But follow our method, uncover all the inputs we tell you to, and you WILL make the right decision every time.


Hope to expand more on this for you at the workshop!





What you will experience?

Learn the TRUE meaning of a successful decision

Embrace a validated strategic decision making protocol

Learn systems thinking in ONE hour!

Broaden perspectives on any situation

How to “please your boss” without sucking up

Apply reframing techniques so you will never be stuck again!

Build confidence to defend your decisions

How to make the right decision EVERY TIME!

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