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Houston Chapter Event - 20 November 2009
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When: Friday, 20 November 2009
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Where: HESS Club
5240 Westheimer Way
Houston, Texas  77479
United States
Contact: IMC Houston

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"An Holistic Approach to Decision Making"

Dr. Errol Wirasinghe 



10:00 AM to 11:00 AM – Professional Development (PD) Roundtable


Session Topic:    
 "The Certified Management Consultant Designation (CMC) - 
 What’s it worth and how do I get it?”


 Lead:                     Bob Snell CMC


The Institute of Management Consultants (IMC) is unique in offering a certification program for management consultants. Join this workshop to discover:

a)    What are the benefits of the CMC designation? Hear from some long-time CMC’ers.

b)    What are the requirements for qualifying for the CMC designation?

c)    What is the process for application?


The PD workshop series is designed to cover all aspects of managing a successful consulting practice - as an internal or external consultant.


11:00 AM to 1:00 PM:  Networking, Lunch and Program

"An Holistic Approach to Decision Making"

Whether at work, or at home, we make decisions every day. But such decisions are driven by qualitative interpretations of quantitative data. People interpret the data they receive, based on "feelings”. This is subjectivity. Even the US Economy thrives on this subjectivity! Why is a $12.00 stock a good sell for one person and a great buy for another? It is not the $12.00 (the number) that drives our decisions, but its significance to each of us.

Most people rely on common-sense and gut-feel, and we firmly support this view. However, the massive information overload, and human limitations, have created a problem for decision-makers. Poorly defined objectives, uncertainty of information and conflicting global objectives, and multiple criteria & candidates, further complicate the decision-making process. Therefore, without a formal method, you are likely to make poor decisions.

Imagine a hunter, shooting at a target! No doubt, he is likely to have a few misses.

Now, if he were to mount and use a "scope” on his gun, would he not have a better hit-rate?

Now, in addition to the "scope”, what if we were to give him a "tripod” on which he could rest his gun, to steady it? Is it not obvious that his hit-rate is likely to increase significantly?

The "seven-step holistic approach” to decision-making is the equivalent of the "scope & tripod”, which will give the decision-maker the support/anchor he needs to make the best possible decision.

Dr. Wirasinghe will discuss the fundamental elements of decision-making, and present a robust, yet simple, methodology to help you make better decisions.


Our Speaker – Dr. Errol Wirasinghe


Dr. Wirasinghe is the author of the book "The Art of Making Decisions” and also the developer of the XpertUS Decision Support System. He has trained several Fortune 500 companies, and is also a guest lecturer on Decision-Making at the University of Houston’s MBA program.

He started life as a Mechanic, and went on to become an Oil & Gas Engineer, Research Scientist, University Professor, Management Consultant, Director of a Public Utility, and Big-Brother. He also owned several retail stores, and founded a leasing company.

Graduating as Valedictorian at Teesside University, U.K. in Mechanical Engineering, he went on to obtain his Ph.D. in Fluid Mechanics, having won a scholarship from the prestigious "Confederation of British Industries”. He has lived, worked and trained professionals in Asia, Mid-East, Europe, North America and South America. Working for Abu Dhabi National Oil Co., Petroleos de Venezuela, British Gas, Enron Corp., and the University of Zulia, where he lectured in Spanish.


Cost with Pre-registration: 

 $30:  IMC USA Members:

 $20:  Students

 $35:  All Others


Fee covers both sessions and lunch.  Pre-registration is requested  The deadline is the Tuesday of the week of the event. 



Walk-ins are welcome without reservations but will pay a $10 surcharge per person.

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