"Fantastic course and information and particularly smooth and engaging online delivery."
Angela Yao, Senior Program Officer, Victorian Department of Education and Training, May 2020
Who should attend?
This course is designed for a wide variety of professionals (at all levels of an organisation) who are interested in acquiring practical knowledge, skills and tools to make better decisions in their professional and personal lives. It is, however, particularly useful for those who are expected to:
- Write and prepare briefs
- Provide advice or formulate policy options/recommendations for managers, executives and other senior decision-makers
- Perform in a policy or advisory role
- Undertake policy analysis and/or strategic planning
- Successfully deliver project outcomes.
What's in it for me?
Decision-making is a skill. Like any other, it can be developed over time with the right information, training and practice. In addition to providing participants with information that can assist them to make better decisions in their current role, this course will provide those who go through it with a decision-making framework that can be used to make better decisions in their personal lives.
What's in it for my organisation?
Completion of this course will benefit participants’ organisation by providing them with knowledge, skills and tools which are needed to ensure that their short, medium and longer-term decisions are consistently aligned with their organisation’s vision, mission, goals, mandate and values.
"I found this course highly relevant to my role in public sector policy development. It is rare to find a course that theorises how we make decisions and I definitely could make decisions now with more confidence and more strategically focused. Seth kept everyone engaged via the online learning and I learnt a lot through the group activities."
A participant from our September 2020 workshop
Dr Seth Nicholls
Dr. Seth Nicholls is a policy and decision strategist and the Director of Nicholls Consulting Services. Over the past 16 years, Dr. Nicholls has worked extensively in academia (as a lecturer in international relations, political science and public policy); as well as in state and federal government (as a policy and project officer) and as a consultant to the South Australian, Victorian, Tasmanian and Northern Territory public sectors. During this time, Seth has also assisted a number of companies with important, high stakes decisions.
Dr. Nicholls’ work has been published in high quality, peer reviewed journals and he holds a PhD in political economy and public policy (with a research focus on high impact policy decisions) from the University of Adelaide, along with a professional certificate in Strategic Decision-Making and Risk Management from Stanford University.
Seth is passionate about helping individuals achieve their goals through a better understanding of decision-making processes and has a strong desire to help organisations in the public, private and non-government sectors effectively respond to a wide variety of complex problems.