Dinner Meeting – Thursday, October 19, 2017

An Approach to Sound Decision Making

Mike McDonald – Independent Consultant and Corning (Retired)

Abstract:  Decisions must be made and actions must be taken in all organizations. It is up to the appropriate people in the organization to select the actions, determine how to carry them out, and take responsibility for their successful implementation. Often, however, there is uncertainty over how to proceed. People find it hard to think together about the choices they must make. They cannot agree on where and how to start making the decision. As a result, they may overlook important information, fail to consult the proper people, and make unwise choices.

Decision making is a systematic procedure based on the thinking pattern we use when making choices. This thinking pattern consists of a clear decision statement, which is determined by a thorough situation appraisal, identifying criteria that describe the value that the decision intends to deliver, a clear set of alternatives, a process for alternative comparison, a risk analysis and a final choice.

When people are provided with a common approach to decision making, they find they can indeed work as a team. There is more sharing of relevant information. Differing positions are more successfully reconciled because the process of decision making is less biased.

We will be sharing a common approach for sound decision making, which allows for the best balanced choice, considering risks and benefits.

Speaker Bio:  Throughout his 60 year career with Corning Inc, Mike McDonald has conducted over 600 seminars around the world, covering topics of Quality, Manufacturing and Engineering. After earning his BS in Ceramic Engineering from Penn State, Mike managed a melting research group to improve the mechanisms of “batch to glass” reactions. Mike was a key member of the original team of six instructors that introduced Total Quality Management to Corning’s employees worldwide and served as Quality Executive for the Telecommunication Products Division. After retiring, Mike has continued to support Corning’s Performance Excellence and training efforts.  Mike is an active member of the American Society for Quality and he is a certified black belt instructor and ISO 9000 auditor. Mike serves on six Non-Profit boards and Advisory councils, along with being a co-creator and facilitator for the Steuben Leadership Program and the NY Penn Leadership Program.

Please join us Thursday, October 19, 2017 at Tags, 3037 State Route 352, Big Flats, NY

Registration:              5:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Dinner:                       6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Speaker:                     7:00 p.m.

Cost:  $25.00 for members and for non-members
All forms of payment accepted – cash, check and credit cards.
Make checks payable to ASQ Section 0202.  All major credit cards accepted.

Reservations:  Two ways to register no later than Monday, October 16, 2017 at 7:00pm 

If registering for more than 1 person, please email asq.ce.section202@gmail.com with additional names.

  1. Online registration with credit card payment. (Preferred)
  2. E-mail asq.ce.section202@gmail.com and pay at the door.

Payment can be refunded, if notification is given 48 hours before the event to asq.ce.section202@gmail.com.  All others, cancellations later than 48 hours before the event can be invoiced.

** Non-members are welcome and encouraged to attend **

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