Tremaine Du Preez

Upgrading the future …
… one decision at a time

Tremaine brings scientific subjects to life in meaningful and thought-provoking ways. She is a behavioural economist on a mission to spread the science and art of good decision making. She speaks on critical thinking in decision making, the role of emotions in decision making and leadership behaviours.

Tremaine runs workshops for the Managing Director members of MD2MD on The Science of Decision Making.

She is author and co-author of 5 books. She shares much of her material online of which the following are particularly relevant to the workshops she runs for the Managing Director members of MD2MD.

Workshop content:

Today, making decisions without full information, under short time frames and high levels of stress is the norm rather than the exception. As a professional decision maker, success in both your personal and
professional life depends on the quality of your thinking under these conditions.

Making tough leadership decisions

Similarly, in a world where even small decisions can have enormous consequences, organisational success relies on the cumulative decisions of both leaders and staff. Given how high the stakes are, how much time do you spend specifically developing your thinking skills and those of your team?

In this workshop, behavioural economist Tremaine du Preez, draws on several fields shaping decision science including behavioural economics, social psychology and neuroscience to to introduce you to some foundational skills for making sound decisions under conditions of uncertainty. As an MBA lecturer and global faculty member of Duke Corporate Education, she is known for dressing down serious serious subjects and bringing theory to life and practice.

In this talk you’ll be introduced to the

  • Behavioural stumbling blocks that affect how you process information, formulate opinions and solve problems. You’ll learn how to identify and moderate these influences.
  • The role of unconscious processes such as stress and emotions. These have long been the missing piece in risk analysis, managerial decision making and control processes. Tremaine will explore the origins and impact of specific unconscious processes on risk tolerance and decision making.

A challenging, interesting and practical talk, members will be encouraged to think, question and participate throughout. Ultimately, to rethink their thinking.

When and Where?

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Comments from members who attended this workshop previously:

          • Loved the practical sessions – really embedded the learning.
          • The speaker delivered in such a way that made me really “think”. She was extremely engaging and delivered in such a way that was easy to digest.
          • She reiterate the key points and required us to participate.
          • Gave me a process to ensure good quality decision making.
          • She worked through a complex subject step by step.
          • Good examples and exercises, very interesting topic.
          • I liked the Muslim bias example.
          • It was a great presentation with great ideas.
          • Provided me with a process to switch my mind from a sequential problem solving made to an analytical considered approach. I really enjoyed this subject and the speaker tackled everything from a scientific and researched point of view.
          • Kept it upbeat and extremely interesting, I have applied the tips to my home life also.
          • Literally got me thinking about the thought process and how this could be positively impacted.
          • Made me apply some of the principles to my previous real life experiences.
          • It challenged my thinking, Tremaine’s content is the bit between “old dog” and “new tricks”.
          • Helped me believe stress is not bad for me.
          • Explained well and allowed me to consider how the elements apply to my own situations.
          • Helped me build my own mental decision making structure.
          • Explained the process with relevant examples to aid context and learning.
          • It questioned whether I give enough consideration to decisions.
          • Understanding the concept of anchoring and how it influences decision making.
          • Introduced new concepts and terminology, it was really well presented with lots of interaction.
          • Tremaine used great real life examples to illustrate the theory.
          • Good visual aids, knowledgeable and passionate about the subject.
          • Top Tips attendees would recommend to another:

          • To use Tremaines decision making framework to review recent decisions and make the next big one.
          • To start a decision journal.
          • To reframe decisions around “What we are solving”.
          • To ask better questions and listen to feedback.  To have a process for decision making.  Share learn, listen to people with opinions, add to your meeting notes

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Tremaine is also a member of the global faculty of Duke Corporate Education and, previously, adjunct professor at SP Jain Global School of Management, lecturing on both the undergraduate and MBA programs. In 2009 she designed the critical thinking training program for the Monetary Authority of Singapore (Singapore’s Central Bank), which she facilitated until moving to London in late 2015.
Decision making