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What If? The Art of Scenario Thinking

  • 12/14/2018
  • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St, NW, Washington, DC, 7th floor, Room 7N36, classroom 9
  • 10


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What If? The Art of Scenario Thinking

“When humans plan, the gods laugh.” No matter what the context, the ability to shift gears as circumstances change is critically important.  It’s even better to anticipate potential shifts and develop ways to respond or mitigate the impacts in advance.  Doing so helps you pressure test your plans, reduce uncertainty, and strengthen your ability to manage the work (and reach your objectives), even when the world shifts.  In this workshop, we’ll explore scenario thinking – what it is, how it works, and when it’s useful. No “death-by-Powerpoint”; come ready to think broadly, contribute actively, and work through challenges on the fly.

In this interactive workshop, you will learn how to:
•    Apply the fundamentals of scenario thinking and planning, and why it’s helpful
•    Guide others in creating scenarios
•    Practice creating scenarios.

About the Presenter

Tara Rethore, CEO of M. Beacon Enterprises (www.mbeaconenterprises.com), works with organizations and leaders to develop realistic business strategies and to break them down into the key actions that allow them to succeed.  Tara has successfully done everything she teaches, both as a senior executive at Fortune 500 corporations and as a consultant to many more. Her inspirational style is ideal for all kinds of speaking engagements. Using discipline, humor and honesty, she delivers engaging content and immediately actionable learning.

Tara earned an MBA from the University of Chicago and an AB cum laude from Mount Holyoke College. She can also be found commenting on business strategy, execution, and results in Strategy for Real™ and on Twitter: @TRethore.


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