March 18, 2011

Group thinking… very dangerous situation which are very hard to avoid

One of the main problem i find toward every group work am in along with every team activity i do in life, group thinking have become a very vital factor.  I used to think that discussion and group ideas were always better.  However, since the module occur, i have been spectating and have seen that the two main issue always arise which are anchoring the idea in which people just try to adjust from there, and that people are likely to be influence by group pressure or the larger party or even the one who is known to be the smartest one. 

The reason i brought this whole case up was because we were playing a video game in which require 5 people per side. Everyone have their own view of playing, but when the so called "best" plaer in the team suggested one idea, everyone tend to just agree because no one would dare disagree despite knowing the flawed of it thinking that they don't want to take the blame if it goes wrong.  The result end up in disaster.  How do we really overcome this situation?

I've tried to link his with thte last module of leadership that a safe environment will be important that no one fear to suggest idea and express, however there were not really an emerging leader but it was more of contigency personality lead thus the quiet one will also stay quiet. 

This barrier is so hard to break through in order to create a success in group work.  Can it really be done or we just have to let the quiet person realize and start acting upon their role??


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  1. I cant help agreeing to this Mickey. I have personally been a victim of Group thinking as well. I also tend to more or less agree with the most influential person in a group rather than the best idea. But after Jeff highlighted this aspect in his lectures I’ve tried to be more careful. Its really hard to change everyones thinking and behaviour in a group. However, we can make a start by first changing ourselves. And this is what I am trying to do

    18 Mar 2011, 02:34


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