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John Dore, Design Director, Executive Education

John Dore, Design Director, speaks to Life@LBS about Executive Education's new programme, Decision Making Strategies for Leaders.

You are a Design Director in Executive Education; can you tell us where you drew  your inspiration when designing the new Decision Making Strategies for Leaders programme?

It was a faculty idea and it’s built around their expertise, our review of the global market and our conviction that we have something distinct and compelling to share. Decisions are often thought to be about binary choices. Yes or No. But the world’s not two-dimensional and in business, nothing is ever that straightforward. You must weigh-up a myriad of data sources, perspectives, stakeholders, implications, trade-offs and outcomes. And then, when you’ve made a call, you have to communicate it well. It’s tough, but in my experience, it’s the decisive leader who stands out.

This new programme harnesses the teaching of four faculty; David Faro, Niro Sivanathan, Victor DeMiguel and Sir Andrew Likierman. We uniquely fuse together perspectives from decision science, organisational behavioural and marketing, as well as insights from the Boardroom into an incredible learning experience. We hope it will serve to stretch and sharpen leaders to standout as more confident decision makers. 

What are the three key elements you want participants to walk away with from the programme?

1. The learning from faculty, grounded in their research, but also from their consulting and real-world business experience.

2. The chance to throw themselves safely into challenging scenarios and test their own response.

3. To feel better equipped and confident and to value the Coaching support we give them as well. 

What has been your toughest decision yet?

I left a very senior global exec role to set up my own consultancy business in my 40’s. That was tough, but so was deciding where to hold the leaving drinks for team I’d just abandoned! 

What does your typical work day look like?

Every day is different and varied. Sometimes it’s quiet, other times it’s pandemonium, spinning plates and juggling demands. I mainly work with colleagues to propose, win, design, deliver and evaluate programmes for great companies who want their investment in people to have real impact. It’s a privilege to play a part.  

Describe your most immersive learning experience yet.

Visiting the World Expo in Shanghai with 600,000 others and then Alibaba’s HQ in Hangzhou with 50 participants from 14 countries around the world.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

In a work context...make sure you have a great boss.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?

Jobs. Bowie. Kubrick. Lennon. Fisher. That might be lively.

What made you chose the career path of a Design Director?

I’ve only just joined the School...can I answer that in six months’ time?

What is top of your bucket list?

Attend the three NRL State of Origin games in Australia.  

Tell us something surprising about you

I used to be the drummer in a band called The Patron Saints of Quality Footwear. To this day, there remains an unclaimed prize for the person who could work out where we got that name. Any takers?