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The Seven Deadly Sins of Strategy

Part I

October 18, 2017

Presented by a collaboration of the SDG Decision Education Center and our academic partner, Texas Executive Education

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When organizations fail to develop and implement strategy that maximizes value, one often sees the same patterns of behaviors or “sins” occur over and over. These sins include delusion and pride, incognizance and indolence, wimpiness, and groupthink. Their results include failing to have adequate awareness and perspective, failing to grasp reality, risk aversion, lack of healthy dissent, and over emphasis on thinking about opportunities without adequate emphasis on execution.


In this two-part webinar, Carl Spetzler and Mazen Skaf —both partners at SDG and experts in decision-making under conditions of uncertainty and complexity —will discuss how behaviors that are considered sins at one moment are lauded as virtues when applied at another time or in a different situation. In addition, they will show how employing specific behaviors by the right people, at the right time, can change potential strategy sins into strategy virtues.


Attendees are encouraged to attend Part I and Part II of this webinar to experience the key learnings of each. There is no requirement to attend Part I before attending Part II.

Carl Spetzler
Carl Spetzler has helped top business leaders over 40 years to create innovative new strategies that deal with the complexities of uncertainty and risk over long time horizons. CEO and Chairman of Strategic Decisions Group, he is the lead author of Decision Quality: Value Creation from Better Business Decisions (Wiley, 2016).



Mazen Skaf
Mazen Skaf is a partner and managing director at Strategic Decisions Group. He has extensive experience in strategy, corporate development, and financial risk management. He has advised clients in a variety of industries including technology and communications, energy, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals. In addition to his consulting practice, he is an instructor and delivers courses and seminars in decision analysis, decision quality, corporate strategy and risk management.

This webinar is brought to you by a collaboration with SDG's academic partner, Texas Executive Education at The University of Texas at Austin. Since 1955, Texas Executive Education has been providing businesses and professionals with the resources to lead, think strategically and manage change through its innovative, interactive and impactful programs.

Texas Executive Education is SDG's university partner in the Strategic Decision and Risk Management Certificate Program, a post-graduate curriculum for mid-career professionals that combines the academic and research depth of UT Austin's McCombs School of Business with SDG's real-world consulting experience. For more information on earning a certificate, visit SDRM at Texas Executive Education.

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