Groupthink - Self Assessment
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.
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.
Uses & Applications
This tool can be used to understand how effectively your team manages its decision making. The GroupThink Index(GTI) may be thought of as a vehicle for helping you and your team examine the team’s decision-making processes.
As people in groups become more familiar with and trusting of each other, there is a tendency to avoid disagreements and conflicts that may disturb the present level of comfort of the team members. Often the pleasant team feeling has been achieved only after a period of searching for direction, clarifying of roles and relationships, and struggling for dominance and leadership. It is easy to understand why team members might be willing to go along with decisions and actions that do not seem to justify sacrificing the team’s harmonious working relationships. This assessment will show you why groupthink is less than idea, and how to avoid it.
- Determine your and your team’s perceptions of its decision-making tendencies
- Learn how to avoid groupthink