- March 2012: Vol. 24 No. 3

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Good Decision: Effective Leaders Deploy a Disciplined Decision-Making Process

by Geoffrey Dohrmann

At the beginning of last month we held our sixth annual North American Visions, Insights & Perspectives (VIP) conference at J.W. Marriott’s Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Barry Sternlicht, CEO of Starwood Capital Group, was one of the keynote speakers. (Barry is one tough customer. Shortly before arriving for his presentation, he ran headlong into a plate-glass window, and while on stage he was barely able to balance his glasses off the tip of his swollen nose. We later learned Barry had broken it, and had to have surgery to correct it shortly afterwards. Most folks in his condition would have taken a pass, but instead, he was not only a gamer, his presentation was electrifying. Amazing the ability of some folks to play hurt.)

In his opening remarks, the gist of Barry’s presentation focused on defining why there is so much fear percolating through the investment community today, why there is so much opportunity,

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