We all make predictions in our personal and professional lives. We base our decisions to marry, buy a house, launch a new product or hire staff on expectations about the future. How can we use best practices and current research to improve our ability to predict the future? We will examine current best practices in forecasting to help us prepare better budgets and projections. We will also examine budgeting pitfalls and ways to avoid budget traps. We will discuss the risks that cause actual results to vary from our predictions and discuss methods to deal with both known and unknown risks.
<strongMaking Predictions<br /</strong• Why great predictions are not intuitive?<br /• How to separate correlation from causation?<br /• How to recognize and overcome bias?<br /• Who is Thomas Bayes and why he matters?<br / <br /<strongBecoming a Great Predictor</strong<br /• Why the ability to doubt helps?<br /• Why it is better to be a fox than a hedgehog?<br /• How non-conformists change the world<br /• Learn from the past without hindsight bias<br /
This seminar is for those who prepare, review, evaluate and use budgets and projections.
Participants should have at least six months of industry or public experience and a thorough knowledge of financial accounting principles and practices. Management experience will be helpful.
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