University of Wisconsin–Madison

A+ Decision Making


Research has identified that when making decisions, we have a preferred “go to” process, which can be effective or ineffective given the circumstances and our audience. This training will provide participants with awareness about their decision-making preferences, the challenges or blind spots of those preferences, and how your style can impact your team. You will also learn tools to master all three styles to solve complex problems and make the decisions that will benefit the future of your organization.

Class Description

In this three-day online session, we will discuss:

  • Day 1: Pandemic-Proof Problem Solving
  • Day 2: Resistance. Change Management. 3 Ps to Decision Making
  • Day 3: Hands-On Assessment Application

Did you know that there are 3 approaches to finding solutions? When faced with a decision or a problem, our thoughts consider intrinsic, extrinsic & systemic factors.  Research shows that in decision-making, we tend to favor one more than the other, which can result in effective solutions or ineffective ones. This subconscious, and automatic preference can impact the outcome of major goals and shape how we perceive ourselves and others.


During this session, you will learn:

  • The dimensions of thought & its impact on how we identify solutions. 
  • How emotions drive our decisions.
  • How specific decision-making styles hinder or support company and team goals. 
  • The framework to re-design individual and organizational problem solving for best outcomes.

Participants also gain access to an advanced instrument that measures and identities how their decision-making preferences align with the current or intended role. It currently meets the rigorous standards for employment assessments referenced by the US Federal Government Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).


“Aisha’s energy and style were particularly great. She clearly has a handle on this subject.  The occasional self deprecation was awesome for our midwestern sensibilities. Would definitely recommend her to others as a presenter.”   Melissa Gower; Gower Tutoring, Owner


Location:  Online

Dates: August 15-17, 2022

Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am CST each day (participants must join all 3 sessions)

Fee: This $279 course is being offered at no cost due to funding from the CARES Act.

Register Online Here

Disability Statement: Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the UW-Madison SBDC office at to request accommodations.

The Small Business Development Center at UW Madison is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.


Aisha ThomasAisha Thomas

Aisha (pronounced: Eye-shah) Thomas is a Leadership and Team Development Expert, Consultant and Professional Speaker. This award-winning Executive Trainer aims to develop leaders and teams to improve resiliency, workplace culture, emotional intelligence and diverse talent management.

She has excelled in multiple leadership roles, managed numerous high-performing teams, and developed leaders from the first tier to executive level. As a member of the United States Air Force, she has proudly served her country during peacetime and global conflicts.

Aisha’s solution-based approach has been recognized for improving organizational breakdowns and practices. She also is a staple in her community by developing the next generation of leaders – today’s youth. Aisha has reached thousands nationwide and continues to transform multiple industries and individuals one solution at a time.