GroupThink Index

GroupThink Index

The term "groupthink" refers to a set of shared perspectives that may be unrealistic but are strongly supported by the members of a group or workteam. It develops as a group becomes more cohesive and less critical of its own decisions. The GroupThink Index helps teams gauge the effectiveness of their decision-making progress - and catch hidden tendencies toward hasty, lazy, or self-satisfied group thinking.

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GroupThink Index
by Rollin Glaser

The term "groupthink" has become a standard way of describing a special phenomenon that can and does occur in groups. If a group experiences groupthink, it has developed a set of shared perspectives that may be unrealistic but are strongly supported by the members of the group. The GroupThink Index helps teams gauge the effectiveness of their decision-making progress - and catch hidden tendencies toward hasty, lazy, or self-satisfied group thinking.

Overview

The phenomenon of "groupthink" seems to develop as a group becomes more cohesive and less critical of its own decisions. For example, a group may decide on a plan of action that a few of the members propose and support. Without a debate or critical thinking, the rest of the group goes along with this plan because its concern for unanimity and solidarity outweighs its desire to discuss other, and perhaps more valid, points of view.

The danger to any group is that the quality of a decision may be weak, yet the group strongly believes in the correctness of its position and ignores conflicting views. The end result may be a decision of such poor quality that it fails to achieve its intended purpose or creates other more serious problems.

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