Date Time Speaker Room
Friday, February 03, 201210:25 AM - 11:15 AM
Richard Davis, Partner


Leaders are defined by their decisions. They must know when to use data and when to go with their gut. But how does one arrive at the right combination of analysis and intuition to produce the best decision in a particular context? Understanding the blind spots that inhibit good decision-making is an important first step. This session focuses on HR’s unique role in helping your organization make better decisions through good judgment.


  • Find out how to make better decisions
  • Explore practical methods for evaluating leadership judgment—how to recognize and assess whether a given individual has good judgment or not
  • Effectively use a tool called the Screen Door to help leaders (including you) improve their judgment
  • Assess the psychological, cultural and financial factors that create blind spots in leadership judgment
  • Master a method for determining when to rely on data and when to use intuition
  • Develop a vocabulary for helping others improve their judgment—a way to frame the dialogue and impact executive decisions


Richard Davis is a partner at RHR International, a global firm of management psychologists. He helps senior leaders execute their business strategy through smart decisions about people. He advises executives on senior hiring decisions, integrating leaders into new roles, management due diligence for M&A decisions, CEO succession, senior team development and increasing leadership effectiveness. Richard works with CEOs and their direct reports in a variety of industries. Some of his clients have included Best Buy, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Dell, Arrow Electronics and Merck.

Richard has been consulting to organizations for the past 10 years. Prior to joining RHR he was director of organizational development at a Toronto HR consulting firm and taught organizational behaviour at the University of Western Ontario. He has a particular specialty in the psychology of executive leadership. He has been cited in the popular media including CNN, BusinessWeek, CFO Magazine, The Globe and Mail, Entrepreneur, CanadaAM and Harvard Business Review. He is the author of the book The Intangibles of Leadership (Wiley/Jossey-Bass). Richard is licensed as an industrial/organizational psychologist by the College of Psychologists of Ontario. He received his MA at Boston University and his PhD at York University.