Group think is the tendency of a group of decision makers to agree on a decision or join together around a policy or person without questioning the legitimacy of a policy or decision. What results? Poor decisions that can harm an organization.
Group cohesiveness is a great thing, but group think takes this concept to the extreme. This often happens after a period of success. Learn why group think happens, how to identify it, and how to combat the group think mentality
Steps Proactive Leaders Can Take to Combat “Group Think” (in a nutshell)
Step 1: Encourage alternative comments.
Step 2: Encourage the use of committees or a task force to assess decisions.
Step 3: Appoint one of the group members to play “devil’s advocate.”
Step 4: Maintain the right perspective as a leader–humility is key here. Manage by walking around and asking those on the front lines to give their feedback on how decisions have affected things.
Step 5: Bring in a business coach or consultant if group think overtakes your company for an “outsider” neutral perspective.
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