[act-ma] 11/19 -- Sydney Finkelstein on "Think Again: Why Good Leaders Make Bad Decisions ..." (Thurs.)

Mary Curtin marycurtin at comcast.net
Tue Oct 27 09:42:43 PDT 2009

Ford Hall Forum
at Suffolk University
Sydney Finkelstein

“Think Again: Why Good Leaders Make Bad Decisions and How To Keep It From
Happening To You”

Moderated by Sally Jackson

Thursday, November 19 at 6:30-8:00 pm
C. Walsh Theatre, Suffolk University 

(Boston, MA) Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University presents Sydney
Finkelstein on “Think Again: Why Good Leaders Make Bad Decisions and How To
Keep It From Happening To You;” moderated by Sally Jackson. Thursday,
November 19, at 6:30-8:00 pm. Followed by an open discussion. Admission is
free and open to all. C. Walsh Theatre, Suffolk University, 55 Temple
Street, Boston, MA. Wheelchair accessible and conveniently located near the
Park Street MBTA station. For more information, call the Ford Hall Forum at
617-557-2007 or visit www.fordhallforum.org.

History is full of brilliant leaders making incredibly poor choices. From
President John F. Kennedy’s Bay of Pigs invasion to Wall Street’s heavy bets
in the mortgage market, we see people with extraordinarily powerful
cognitive abilities make terrible decisions. Why does this happen? Sydney
Finkelstein, bestselling author and Steven Roth Professor of Management for
the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, joins Sally Jackson,
public relations consultant and founder of Jackson & Company, to addresses
the specific ways our minds are lured into making misguided judgments, and
why organizations so often fail to correct the mistake. Most importantly, he
identifies the way wise leaders sidestep these pitfalls, and how you can do
the same.

Background information:

Sydney Finkelstein is the Steven Roth Professor of Management at the Tuck
School at Dartmouth College, where he teaches courses on Leadership and
Strategy.  He teaches executive education at the Tuck School (where he
serves as the Faculty Director of the flagship Tuck Executive Program), and
also has experience working with executives at Northwestern, Wharton, Duke,
Bocconi, London Business School, Australian Graduate School of Management,
Melbourne Business School, Hanoi School of Business, the Chalmers School
(Sweden) and the Helsinki School of Economics.  He holds degrees from
Concordia University and the London School of Economics, as well as a Ph.D.
from Columbia University in strategic management.  Professor Finkelstein has
published 11 books and over 60 articles, including the #1 bestseller in the
U.S. and Japan, Why Smart Executives Fail (www.whysmartexecutivesfail.com).
 In Professor Finkelstein’s follow-up new book, Think Again: Why Good
Leaders Make Bad Decisions and How to Keep it From Happening to You (Harvard
Business Press) (www.tuck.dartmouth.edu/thinkagain), he turns his attention
to such major strategic decisions as the war in Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, and
numerous business cases to explain why decision-makers sometimes think
they’re right when they are really wrong.

The Ford Hall Forum is the nation’s oldest continuously operating free
public lecture series. The Forum promotes freedom of speech and fosters an
informed and effective citizenry through the public presentation of
lectures, debates, and discussions. Its events illuminate the key issues
facing our society by bringing to its podium knowledgeable and
thought-provoking speakers, including some of the most controversial opinion
leaders of our times. These speakers are presented in person, for free, and
in settings, which facilitate frank and open debate.

The Forum began in 1908 as a series of Sunday evening public meetings held
at the Ford Hall, which once stood on Beacon Hill in Boston. While the
original building no longer exists, the public conversations have continued
throughout the Greater Boston area with the generous support of foundations,
corporations, academic institutions, and individuals. As the Forum marks its
100th Anniversary, it is embarking on a new partnership with the Suffolk
University College of Arts & Sciences. Suffolk is now housing the Forum’s
administrative offices just a block away from where the original Ford Hall
once stood.

Ford Hall Forum programs are made possible through the generous
contributions from individual members as well as corporations and
foundations, including The Boston Foundation, The Boston Public Library,
Citizens Bank, Boston Private Bank & Trust Company, CBT Architects, Digitas,
The Fred and Marty Corneel Fund, Fidelity Investment, Helen Rees Literary
Agency, Houghton Chemical Corporation, Iron Mountain, Jackson & Company,
Levine, Katz, Nannis + Solomon, PC, Louise Farrell Studios, The Lowell
Institute, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Nellie Mae Education Foundation,
The Pfizer Foundation, Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation, Prince, Lobel,
Glovsky & Tye LLP, Suffolk University, The WAND Education Foundation, WBUR,
and the WGBH Forum Network.

For more information on the Ford Hall Forum, contact Executive Director Alex
Minier, 617-557-2007, alex at fordhallforum.org or visit www.fordhallforum.org.
Information about Suffolk University’s partnership with the Ford Hall Forum
can be obtained by contacting Mariellen Norris, (617) 573-8450,
mnorris at suffolk.edu.


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