The Art of Executive Decision-Making

Decision making is scary. Risky. At times, really painful. That’s what makes it a rare and valuable skill all leaders must master.

An intimate group of ExecuNet members at the VP and chief executive levels gathered recently for breakfast near ExecuNet headquarters in Norwalk, CT. They came to listen to leadership coach and strategy consultant Doug Sundheim share his views on the art of decision making. Hosted by ExecuNet CMO Tony Vlahos, this recording contains valuable insights as well as an active exchange of knowledge and ideas among the VIP guests.

(03:40) Why decision making is so hard

(05:44) What are the hardest decisions to make?

(07:22) Is there pressure to decide faster these days?

(09:13) How to tell if you’ve made a good decision

(10:33) A framework for effective decision making in any terrain

(13:03) The power of data – and when to trust your gut

(19:35) The dangers of deciding by committee

(21:57) The advantage of having decision-making confidantes

(28:17) The unique complexities of organizational decision making

(32:42) How to make better career decisions

(34:29) How Vistage® helps with executive decision making

Our thanks to the leadership development company Vistage for sponsoring this extraordinary event!


Doug Sundheim, a leadership coach and strategy consultant, has advised senior executives and their teams at dozens of companies over the past 18 years including Citigroup, The Chubb Group, Harvard Mgmt Co, University of Chicago, Morgan Stanley, Barclays, Kraft, & Time Warner.  He is the author of Taking Smart Risks: How Sharp Leaders Win When Stakes are High.


William Flamme

William Flamme

William Flamme is ExecuNet's Marketing Content Manager, where he is responsible for developing engaging career, job search, and leadership insight and delivering executive-level content across the various properties under the ExecuNet brand. Prior to joining ExecuNet in 2008, Will earned a master's degree in education and taught fifth grade and sixth grade. As a teacher, he deepened his appreciation for the written word and mastered skills necessary for managing writers who sometimes view deadlines as homework.

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