Success Story


When risks and uncertainties abound, competing objectives require tradeoffs, and resources are limited, even the most experienced business executives find it difficult to make confident decisions. A Decision Strategies client was not only facing these very issues, but the problem was compounded by the fact that managers were dealing with these issues across the entire company.

They were being handled inconsistently…and in some instances not appropriately.

Decision Strategies, a business consulting company in Houston, Texas, helped the client to develop and implement a consistent, best-practice decision process to create a clear focus and a path to success.

What We Did

  • Assessed the current decision process
  • Identified pros and cons
  • Developed a customized approach that fit the organization
  • Rolled it out across the organization, along with training and the appropriate tools

How We Did It

  • Conducted a Decision Quality Study
  • Created a customized decision management process
  • Generated and delivered training workshops
  • Developed a team of in-house experts
  • Coached the team for a period of time

The Challenge

A client with annual revenue greater than $5 billion was concerned about the decision-making process of its New Ventures group. A culture of over-optimism, coupled with failure to appropriately characterize risk and uncertainty, had resulted in numerous endeavors meeting disappointing ends. Additionally, many of the managers came from other companies, and they brought their own way of doing things with them. The result was a lack of consistency across the board.

Managing Change

Whenever a company makes fundamental changes to its business practices, human nature tends to get in the way and people want to hold on to familiar or comfortable methods of making decisions. But managing change appropriately is critical to success as a new, more consistent method is implemented throughout the organization. It is also key to retain beneficial portions from the original process. Combining the best of existing approaches with industry best-practice methods can help to achieve buy-in and engagement from employees.

The Solution

Achieving clarity and consistency in decision-making is a difficult task, and it is important to ensure employees have the opportunity to input their issues and concerns. People are generally willing to change their perspective, provided they understand the reasoning behind the shift. So when one approach is chosen over another, the reasoning needs to be transparent. By giving each employee a voice and including them in the development, total engagement with the new process was achieved.

Methods, Training, and Support

We developed and customized the proper tools and methods the client would need to adhere to a first-rate decision process. We conducted training workshops, followed by hands-on application of the principles.  An in-house team of practitioners was established to maintain the process after our engagement ended. We coached and worked closely with this team for months as they traveled to client offices around the world.

Spreading to the Rest of the Company

Once word spread about the results that were achieved by the New Ventures group, the rest of the company wanted to improve their decision processes, too. We worked with the Major Capital Investment teams and the production groups to ensure a consistent approach throughout the entire company. The client now sees this as simply “how we do business.”


More than once, Decision Strategies has helped us to both quantify and deal with inherent uncertainties on major projects.

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