Better Decision Making @ Sherlock’s

Better Decision Making at Sherlock's Bar
Better Decision Making @ Sherlock’s Bar

Understand what can go wrong in decision making.  Identify the approaches to prevent mistakes.  Gain insight into frameworks that will help you recognise and avoid bad practices.

  • How easily our brains are fooled
  • No simple solutions
  • Consequences of bad decisions
  • Considering the alternatives
  • Involving too many people
  • Not involving enough people
  • Underestimating the challenges
  • Not recognising a decision is needed
  • Ignoring experts

To see how different people think, take a look at a satellite technology “North Pole Poll“. Would you find the correct answer blindingly obvious, or fall for one of the distractors?

After a short introduction by each attendee, the presentation will be ‘full on’ for nearly the full hour, with some time for Q&A afterwards.

Who is this for?
Solo Entrepreneurs, Start-ups, Management KTP Associates, Supervisors, Managers & Company Directors.
Sherlock’s Bar, 17 Clarendon Rd, Southsea, Hampshire PO5 2ED.
Attendees will be sat at distanced tables in accordance with the bar’s Covid-19 review.
Due to licencing requirements during Covid-19, there is a strict limit of eight attendees in addition to the presenter and other staff.
Tuesday 15th September.
The event may be postponed, cancelled or the number of places restricted under the following circumstances:
  • illness within the presenter or venue staff households;
  • additional licence conditions set by Portsmouth City Council.
  • the venue being returned to “Stage Three” of the roadmap.
10AM – 11AM.
Covid-19 Risk Assessment
This coronavirus is a genuine and on-going risk to human health, with potentially lethal consequences.

The new legal requirements announced on 9 September, effective in England on 14 September, do not apply as this event is work-related training.

This assessment follows government guidance on performances [accessed on 21 August] for Stage Four.

The following moderate the risks in line with the guidance:
  • The event (performance) is being held at a venue that has been assessed for Covid-19 risk.
  • Attendees (the audience) are required to sanitise their hands on entry to the venue.
  • The event (performance) will be postponed if there is illness within the presenter (performer) or venue staff households.
  • The presenter (performer) will be wearing a covering over their nose and mouth while presenting.
  • Attendee (the audience’s) two contact details shall be verified in advance. Registrants are required to agree that these contact details may be shared with NHS Contact Tracing.
  • Registration (the audience) is limited to eight attendees.
The presentation is free to attend, but booking is required to control numbers in accordance with the risk assessment.
A payment of £10 to the venue on the day is to cover refreshments and cleansing.
Booking and Waiting List
On-line at until midday on Monday 14th September.
If you’re interested in being informed of future dates, please write to
Next Steps
  • Half-day workshop
  • One-on-one mentoring
  • Consultancy

Robert is one of the most efficient problem solvers I have come across in my career. He is sharp, creative, and always in tune with the latest technical developments. Working with Robert is always a pleasure because he is consistent and reliable, and I know I’ll get solid results every time.”   Marvin Powell

Here is what has been achieved elsewhere:
  • Eliminated a process bottleneck in one team and enhanced the quality control, creating an overall productivity increase of 3% for a critical resource, by transferring the task to the ‘downstream’ team. There were both tangible & intangible benefits: overall cost savings plus increased job satisfaction for both teams.
  • Reduced the software release quality control rejection rate for a SaaS company from 60% to zero by implementing best practices. The twin benefits were the avoidance of re-work costs and new code was delivered on time.
  • Repeated reduction of process times from several days to a half-day through automation, resulting in 75%~90% cost savings, whilst at the same time increasing customer satisfaction.
  • A performance metric improved from about 53% to consistently above 90%, by adopting automation recommendations. This brought the service comfortably within contractual requirements and consequently resulted in moving 10% of its customer base from ‘At Risk’ of non-renewal.
  • Solved a long-standing and recurring problem by recognising that the underlying cause was two issues masquerading as one problem. Both issues were then quickly resolved.