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Cognitive Bias Training

Join us online at our 1st Wednesdays April Event: Cognitive Bias Training with Mark Ellis

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Cognitive Bias Training

Time & Location

Apr 01, 2020, 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

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About The Event

What differentiates truly exceptional organizations from the rest? How do we explain “smart people making dumb decisions?”  Something is missing in how organizations select, assess and develop decision-makers. That was the itch that Mark Ellis had to scratch and launched him on a decades-long quest for answers. Apertur is the culmination of that journey and the synthesis of his findings and insights. The problem: cognitive bias; the solution; open-mindedness; the approach; organizational development redesigned for sustained change. 

Despite our best intentions – and even with the best education, training, and experience – too often our decisions go awry. Psychologists, and increasingly business leaders and the general public, now recognize  the underlying cause: cognitive bias, the inclination to hold a partial perspective, often accompanied by a refusal to consider alternative points of view. 

Seventy percent of organizational change efforts fail to produce sustained results. 

Mark E. Ellis of Apertur will share a holistic view of the organizational change process and introduce his comprehensive, customizable organizational development program to cultivate open-mindedness, as the antidote to cognitive bias. It integrates the latest understanding of how to affect mindset and behavior change into a focused, efficient, and engaging learning and development program. 

Training will cover the areas that include: Business Management, Employee Relations & Engagement, Labor Relations, Learning & Development

The Program will: 

  • Introduce Human Resource leaders to the key concepts of decision-making bias and potential impacts on their organizations, how to identify it and mitigate it. 
  • Demonstrate - through real-time exercises - the prevalence of bias and how it can work against intentions and goals. 
  • Provide a framework to identify the key categories of bias and to recognize when we are most susceptible to them; 
  • Provide tools to mitigate their effects  and methods to cultivate open-mindedness in the workplace

Mark E. Ellis is the founder of Apertur, an integrated professional development and assessment platform to improve organizational culture and performance by cultivating open-mindedness and reducing cognitive bias. Apertur marries his long-standing interest in the psychology of decision-making with the insight gained from two decades on the front lines of corporate strategy.

Previously, Mark was the chief of corporate strategy at Sempra Energy, where he advised senior management on a range of issues spanning market fundamentals, finance, regulatory and environmental policy, technology, and acquisitions and divestitures. Before joining Sempra, Mark worked as a strategy consultant for McKinsey & Company, in international gas and power project development for ExxonMobil, in utility demand-side management for Southern California Edison, and as a research engineer for Sanyo Electric in Osaka, Japan.

Mark has an M.S. from MIT’s Technology and Policy Program and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Harvard University. He lives in La Jolla, California, with his wife and four children.





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