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When LI introduces gaming, it is time to jump ship.
Most people misuse decision trees trying to use them to make a decision. This is generally wrong, as your "gut" instincts "will tell" you how to weight the decision branches. The level of formalization is not consistent with the quality of information about the future.
Now, the past on the other hand is a different story. Trying to figure what you actually did, whether it worked, and if it can be repeated - that is an exercise that could use decision trees.
There is a very nice negotiation exercise which tests whether an individual can lead a collaborative team, given the conflicting incentives in a team. (Generally, the leader makes much more than the followers.)
The exercise and debrief are here: http://bit.ly/PcJ6aa
I have a leadership exercise on this topic:
But, at this time, I do not attend the CFA meetings, nor am I a member. Most of the Canadian franchise systems are either not big enough to warrant IAFD programs or are American offspring and it makes more sense for the IAFD to approach the US Trade Association.
My own sense of the IFA's problem is that they are freezing out too many young franchisors who need the tutoring/mentoring that the IFA claims to have - the initial fees are too high for too little perceived benefit.
It would not surprise you to hear that I believe the IAFD has at least a partial solution to that problem.
This is a criticism of many associations - how do the political stands get formulated? Where is the history and transparency in the process? I don't think an individual franchise or franchisee should be paying any money to any organization who intends to lobby on their behalf unless you are convinced that they can live with the current level of transparency.
Oh, and I don't think that the IFA's website is good. I think that for the major trade association representing franchisors in the US, it has an abysmal level of social interaction.