The Dangers of Group Think
Join Carl and Fred as they discuss the dangers of “group think” when working with teams.
- What is “group think”?
- If everyone agrees with an idea, maybe somebody is not thinking
- The value of teams versus the value of the individual
- Individuals can have blind spots, and offer differing points of view, which is why well-run teams can come up with ideas and solutions beyond any one person
- Debate and disagreement is good, lack of disagreement is worrisome
- It has to be safe for people to express opinions and ideas
- Team environment must be conducive to originating opinions
- Criticize ideas not people
- Work for balance input for all team members
- If one person on a team has a concern, the team should discuss it
- Voting is not the best strategy to decide on solutions
- Be open to having your ideas reviewed and critiqued
- Ask “what is the rationale?” to evaluate ideas
- Work for group consensus to avoid “group think”
- When you have a good idea, be willing to debate and explain why it is good
- Some of the best discoveries are when one person has a good idea that is opposed
- Create a safe team environment where ideas can be openly criticized and evaluated
- “Group think” does not value individual ideas
- If you have the right people in the room, and one is concerned with an issue, it needs to be explored by the team
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