Monday, June 13, 2011

We're moving, and other news


First things first: we're moving. Our new contact information is

Decision Advancement
14 Shand Avenue
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M8X 1T5


My phone and e-mail are:
phone: (416) 567-9540

If you haven't received an e-mail from me in a while, the name "Decision Advancement" may be new to you as well. When I started this endeavor, I called it "Thinking for Results". While thinking is still a key aspect of my work, I realized three things:

  1. my work is primarily around improving decisions and decision-making
  2. recently I've been bringing in tools for organizing information for decisions, especially in complex situations, that aren't directly related to thinking per se
  3. these days, thinking sometimes seems to be optional, but everyone has to make decisions!

Thus the name Decision Advancement.

As I mentioned in the second point above, recently I have been working on tools for the capture, analysis, and communication of complex situations. Some of these tools draw on my background in physics and engineering. Many of them are visual tools, which capitalize on strength of the human brain to carry out visual analysis. (There are examples of some of these techniques on our website.) These tools allow people to quickly grasp the essential elements and especially the interconnectedness of situations so they can understand the complexity without eliminating details and losing important information as a result.

Finally, more of my work these days is helping facilitate analysis of systems and situations to enable better decision making. In today's complex world, decision-making is tougher than it has been in a long time. Up until recently, it was possible to be successful by simply doing what had worked in the past. Either you worked on incrementally improving your own processes, or you copied the successful leaders in your situation.

But there is now much more uncertainty with respect to the economy, business, political situations, technology, and so on. Capturing the complexity and understanding interactions between the different factors is key to making good decisions. And exploring alternative future scenarios to ensure you are not blindsided by an unexpected event is also crucial to reducing risk and achieving long-term success.

For more information on these topics, please contact me directly, or visit our website for some examples of these tools and approaches.

Whether you're someone who has attended an event where I spoke, or who has read one of my books, or someone I know some other way, please feel free to drop me a line and let me know what you are up to as well.

Best regards,

Randy Park

Direct:  416-567-9540

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