How to Avoid Groupthink Video

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It doesn't always pay to follow the crowd.

Have you ever wanted to speak up in a meeting, but didn't, because your opinion went against the rest of the group? If so, you may have been a victim of groupthink.

This is when your desire to please the majority prevents you from expressing alternative or unpopular views. But this means risks may go unexplored and decisions go unchecked.

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  • Over a month ago Yolande wrote
    Another important factor to keep in mind when you encounter groupthink, is not to come across as combative or defensive. Learn to make suggestions by asking good questions and also by asking people how they’ll feel about taking a different route/ doing something in a different way. If you want to make a case for why you think it will work, have your facts ready so that you can make a compelling case.
    Avoiding groupthink sometimes takes courage and (always) self-confidence. Practice those, and don’t compromise your values.