The Difference Between Groupthink and Teamthink

Kevin Eikenberry

Chances are you have heard the phrase “groupthink” and if so you have a justifiably negative feeling about the idea. The word and idea of groupthink was popularized in the early 1970’s based on a […]. The post The Difference Between Groupthink and Teamthink appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning. Leadership & Supervisory Skills Personal & Professional Development Teambuilding meetings teamwork groupthink

July 2021 Leadership Development Carnival

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Welcome to the July 2021 Leadership Development Carnival! We’re excited to share posts from leadership experts from around the globe on the topics of communication, development, engagement, motivation, productivity, team building, and more. Adriana summarizes: “ Effective leaders understand the role of relationships and developing a culture of safety and unity for the teams they lead. Development.


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In 100 Words: Perils of Blind Conformance


Great Quotes Improvement & Development In 100 Words Leadership Managing Career Self Growth conformance conformity Differentiation groupthink In one of the TED talks , James Surowiecki shares: “If army ants are wandering around and they get lost, they start to follow a simple rule: Just do what the ant in front of you does. The ants eventually end up in a circle.

Yes, You Can Brainstorm Without Groupthink

Harvard Business Review

In articles in both the New York Times and The New Yorker earlier this year, the concept of brainstorming as introduced in the 1940's by Alex Osborn has been attacked as ineffective and linked to the concept of " Groupthink.". Suffice it to say, we dislike consensus-based "Groupthink" as much as the next person. Over our many years of experience, we have seen managers effectively use three simple techniques for avoiding "Groupthink" during brainstorming.

Fine-Tuning Your Leadership Style

Lead Change Blog

Be aware of groupthink. Too much agreement may imply “groupthink.” If you sense groupthink, play the devil’s advocate and foster healthy debate and discussion. Leadership Delegating directing discussing Leadership Development leadership styles

The #1 Killer of Change

Lead Change Blog

In my view, the #1 killer element is groupthink. He believed, as I do, that groupthink erodes values; stifles critical thinking, limits creativity; enables undue influence of direction; and, allows inequity of action. Most commonly, readers will have experienced the impact of groupthink through a breakdown in group communication, especially when they would prefer to engage in a current change process.

How SWOT Analysis Harms Leaders

Lead Change Blog

Groupthink. One particularly big problem is known as groupthink , where groups tend to coalesce around the opinions of a powerful leader. To me, it was a clear example of groupthink, ignoring the elephant in the room. I eventually convinced her otherwise, and we developed some plans in the event of problems arising in this area. Professional Development SWOT Bias blind spots oversight strategic planning

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Problems stem from bad data, wrong assumptions, and false conclusions

Mike Cardus

Groupthink: over time, people working together will tend to think the same way, believe the same conclusions and results. Re-checking the information, using different personnel is necessary to avoid stuckness-thinking and groupthink.

Anxiety, Communication and Leadership

Lead Change Blog

When several team members don’t speak freely, groupthink rears its head, sometimes even with catastrophic implications. Leadership Development anxiety Communication emotion exclusion motivation safety team functioningIn my post Once You Understand Emotion, Motivation Is Easy , I laid the link between Deci and Ryan’s Self-Determination Theory and current emotions.

Creating and Leading High Performing Teams

Lead Change Blog

It takes time to develop trust, learn to collaborate, and understand each other’s thinking styles and behavior patterns. That can result in groupthink. A team is a small number of people who are committed to working together to achieve the desired goal. Working together includes talking, sharing ideas, debating issues, collaborating, making decisions, establishing goals, providing feedback, and celebrating success. Teams, like personal relationships, go through stages.

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10 Ways to Keep “Post-truth” From Crippling Your Leadership

Lead Change Blog

Discourage groupthink and don’t shoot the messenger. Leadership Development diversity facts paradox post-truthA few things have happened recently that increase performance pressure on character-based leaders who are dedicated to doing what’s right: The Oxford Dictionary announced the word post-truth as its 2016 word of the year.

Are You Ready for Recovery?

Leading Blog

A S a McKinsey & Company article stated in late March 2020: “What leaders need during a crisis is not a predefined response plan but behaviors and mindsets that will prevent them from overreacting to yesterday’s developments and help them look ahead.”.

7 Ways for Leaders to Deal With Bias

Lead Change Blog

Groupthink : the psychological phenomenon for alignment that occurs within a group of people because of the desire for, and/or pressure to, have harmony or conformity. Leadership Development Bias Daniel KahnemanOnce upon a time there was a boss who was an extrovert and who preferred working with extroverts. Over time, he quit adding introverts to his team and weeded out those who had joined the team before he took over.

Is the Time Right For You to Speak Out?

Lead Change Blog

That being your motivation, how do you step in the opposite direction—away from peer pressure, business norms, groupthink, and the power of conformity—to share a perspective that’s contrary to both expected and rewarded workplace behavior? Leadership Development Courage make your voice heard risktakingGoogle “songs about money” and entries like “40 best songs about money” and “12 best songs about money. EVER” pop up.

Get Savvy

Leading Blog

Not only does this foster groupthink, but it most often creates a toxic us versus them mentality “often leading to the demonization of the ‘other’ and contributing to discrimination and sometimes violence.” Computers are programmed no matter how human they seem. * * * Like us on Instagram and Facebook for additional leadership and personal development ideas. * * *. F AKE NEWS is not a new phenomenon.

Decision Making Antonyms and Story Telling

Mike Cardus

Once you chose an action, we will debate the merits of the work and fail to recognize alternative options that may be better or worse; framing the process of synthesis as one of curiosity – wander through ideas; also, using groupthink for progress, mixed with breaking these teams up and challenging the ideas in new mixed teams. From the one-word criteria, develop an antonym that goes with each word.

LeadershipNow 140: January 2017 Compilation

Leading Blog

Unleashing Creativity And Avoiding Groupthink by Michelle M Smith via @octanner. Like us on Facebook for additional leadership and personal development ideas. Here are a selection of tweets from January 2017 that you might have missed: Don’t you love the beginning of a new year? by @mark_sanborn. Do team values unite or divide your team? JesseLynStoner. Your Only Competition Is Yourself by @paul_larue. The Impoverishment of Attention by Shane Parrish @farnamstreet.

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Asking the Right Questions Often Leads to the Best Answer

Leading Blog

These are questions that require you to challenge groupthink, conventional wisdom, and your own biases. Sesno currently serves as director of George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs, and is the creator of Planet Forward, an innovative forum seeking solutions to daunting challenges such as global hunger. * * * Like us on Facebook for additional leadership and personal development ideas.

The 11 Essential Elements Needed to Achieve True Collaboration

Leading Blog

Without diversity groupthink sets in. Whether one person has been formally designated as the leader or the group is self-led, leadership of some sort is essential to keep the group focused on its destination and facilitating the process of getting there. * * * Like us on Facebook for additional leadership and personal development ideas. Dan Sanker states that ironically, in order to remain “competitive” companies will have to become more collaborative.

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Originals or How Non-Conformists Move the World

Leading Blog

Developing Original Ideas. Dealing with Groupthink. Cohesion in a group doesn’t cause groupthink. Like us on Facebook for additional leadership and personal development ideas. * * *. T HERE ARE SO FEW originals in life. “We We find surface ways of appearing original—donning a bow tie, wearing bright red shoes—without taking the risk of actually being original. When it comes to the powerful ideas in our heads and the core values in our hearts, we censor ourselves.”

36 Lessons for Business & Life from Trillion Dollar Coach Bill Campbell

Leading Blog

The goal of consensus leads to “groupthink” and inferior decisions. That to create effective teams, you need to understand and pay attention to these human values. * * * Like us on Instagram and Facebook for additional leadership and personal development ideas. * * *. B ILL CAMPBELL was one of the most influential background players in Silicon Valley.

Want to build high-performing teams?

Coaching Tip

The trick for managers is to cultivate belongingness and uniqueness simultaneously, focusing on diverse talents and experiences without stereotyping or alienating employees, or making them reluctant to share ideas that set them apart and lead to groupthink. . Inclusive leaders believe their primary obligation is to support and assist direct reports through: Empowerment—Enabling direct reports to develop and excel.

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Act Like A Leader

Eric Jacobson

And to do this, you need to develop and practice outsight (versus insight). Awhile back, Herminia Ibarra released her latest book, Act Like A Leader, Think Like A Leader. Contrary to popular opinion, Ibarra argues that you have to act your way into a new type of leadership thinking instead of thinking your way into it. To do that, you should: Redefine your job to make time for more strategic work and more work outside your function, unit and even organization.

Race Against Bias: Are we aware of our own unconscious bias?

HR Digest

A form of groupthink which prevents individuals from thinking independently. Featured Strategy Training & Development bias in the workplace Unconscious biasUnconscious bias is hard-wired into our brains. It’s a survival mechanism, so basic and below our conscious radar. It helps us better sift through the constant stream of information to make accurate decisions based on instinct rather than logic. What’s more, everyone harbors them and takes them into the workplace.

Leading for Others

Great Leadership By Dan

It’s natural to gravitate toward, and develop bonds with, people who look like, talk like, and think like we do. In addition to the well-known dangers of groupthink, when leaders exclude Others , they also exclude the varied perspectives and ideas that could help the leaders make better and more imaginative decisions. Guest post from Bill Treasurer: A lot of leaders default to creating duplicates at the top.

Act Like A Leader, Think Like A Leader

Eric Jacobson

And to do this, you need to develop and practice outsight (versus insight). This week, Herminia Ibarra will release her latest book, Act Like A Leader, Think Like A Leader. Contrary to popular opinion, Ibarra argues that you have to act your way into a new type of leadership thinking instead of thinking your way into it. To do that, you should: Redefine your job to make time for more strategic work and more work outside your function, unit and even organization.

3 Ways to Build a Data-Driven Team

Harvard Business

For example, Amazon encourages disagreements to avoid groupthink and leverage the benefits of cognitive diversity. Although people will differ in their general predisposition towards critical thinking, you can help them develop whatever potential they have if you put in place the right incentives, give people accurate feedback, and establish an informal and non-hierarchical learning culture where people can share views and ideas. Inti St Clair/Getty Images.

10 Steps to Rolling Out Core Values at a Small Business


As you can imagine, it resulted in a hot mess of groupthink…complete with vanilla platitudes that can only result from trying to be everything to everyone. There are many reasons that organizations choose not to craft a core set of values.

Why You Should Care About The Revenue Forecast

The Idolbuster

After a few experiments, they pronounced it ready to ship to customers, and did not need to go through a formal development process. Product development is always needed to make a new technology robust enough to work consistently in customer hands. The President and CFO were hungry for revenue growth, and via a process that sounds a lot like groupthink, the executive team convinced themselves that “we should be able to make $10M on this product this year.”

Start Networking with People Outside Your Industry

Harvard Business

Additionally, you’re more prone to groupthink if you’re not exposed to diverse perspectives and points of view. It’s to fulfill personal curiosity and develop yourself as a person; professional or monetary ROI is a happy coincidence. Most professionals build their network over time through proximity — people from your business school study group, or colleagues from your current company or past jobs.

6 Traits That Predict Ethical Behavior at Work

Harvard Business

Assertive individuals are the ones who can prevent such groupthink by standing up to the pressures of conformity even (or especially) when doing so carries risk. Screening job applicants on the traits mentioned above can help develop companies a blueprint of the kind of employee they are looking for who will endorse, shape, and push an ethical culture. Trust and openness are crucial elements of an ethical organizational culture.

Being the Boss’s Favorite Is Great, Until It’s Not

Harvard Business

You can get trapped in a version of groupthink, with a single set of shared relationships. Either way, you can end up without the bandwidth to seek out your own projects or skill development. Research what your next move could be and find ways to develop relationships with other leaders. If you have an active, trustworthy HR department, ask about the typical career development and growth paths for someone in your role.

How the Very Best Strategists Decide

Harvard Business

The problem was that their strategy development and internal reviews, like those in many companies, didn’t account for competitive dynamics. Strategy development and internal reviews often focus on precedents, trends, and due diligence. Learn about and watch out for confirmation bias , overconfidence , survivor bias , and groupthink. On the other hand, you can build your skill at developing good loner strategies if you can improve your ability to think strategically.

Improving the Way Boards, CEOs, and Shareholders Interact

Harvard Business

In addition, shareholders don’t necessarily want directors and management to speak “with one voice” (another commonly cited reason for assigning shareholder engagement to the CEO) and value diversity of views that may suggest a board is looking at important matters holistically and has not succumbed to groupthink. Marion Barraud for HBR.

Train Your Employees to Think Like Hackers

Harvard Business

This helps teams avoid tunnel vision and groupthink, and gets them thinking more creatively. They also keep internal security and product teams coordinating closely as new products and features are developed. Alan king/unsplash. Companies that want to help their employees become better stewards of cybersecurity need to go beyond regular trainings on password security and other basic protocols.

Why You Should Have (at Least) Two Careers

Harvard Business

It’s not uncommon to meet a lawyer who’d like to work in renewable energy, or an app developer who’d like to write a novel, or an editor who fantasizes about becoming a landscape designer. Subsidize Your Skill Development. ” In other words, they didn’t want to hear the groupthink.

As Your Company Evolves, What Happens to Employees Who Don’t?

Harvard Business

What if a round peg develops sharp corners, or a round hole expands over time? With the right processes in place to hire and develop talent, you can retain your high performers without sacrificing your culture. These three strategies can help you create a positive environment and develop employees who prosper within it. While there are no right or wrong types, having too many people with similar personalities tends to lead to problems and groupthink.

Urban Meyer, Ohio State Football, and How Leaders Ignore Unethical Behavior

Harvard Business

To avoid groupthink regarding ethical challenges, organizations should have people in the decision-making process who represent a broad host of stakeholders. Develop routines, rituals, and mantras. It is important to develop rituals that help reinforce one’s self-control and discipline to adhere to one’s values. Icon Sportswire/Contributor/Getty Images.

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How John F. Kennedy Changed Decision Making for Us All

Harvard Business Review

Yale psychologist Irving Janis used the debacle to coin the term “groupthink,” which refers to a psychological drive for consensus at any cost that suppresses dissent and appraisal of alternatives. As time passes, they deploy another new approach: they divide into sub-groups, with one developing a position paper arguing for the military strike, the other for the blockade.

How to Choose the Right Protégé

Harvard Business Review

Leaders of color who have developed young talent are 30% more satisfied with their career progress than those who haven’t built that base of support. Consider how organizations assess leadership potential, and it becomes clear why developing a posse of protégés establishes you as “leadership material”: Helping junior people evolve into major producers for the firm is what leaders do. Using your power is about developing others, helping them achieve their leadership potential.

How to Make a Team of Stars Work

Harvard Business Review

The underlying premise is that it’s not enough to just hire the right people — those with strong values, great potential, and high competence — and develop them as individuals. ” Some are huge project teams, like the 600 Apple engineers who successfully developed the revolutionary OS X operating system in just two years (compared with the five years it took 10,000 Microsoft engineers to develop, and eventually retract, Microsoft’s Windows Vista).

A Checklist for Making Faster, Better Decisions

Harvard Business Review

Most business decisions are collaborative, which mean groupthink and consensus work to compound our individual biases. During product development of Cloverpop , our cloud solution for applying behavioral economics to decision making, we performed hundreds of experiments with tens of thousands of decision makers. Managers make about three billion decisions each year, and almost all of them can be made better.

Personality Tests Can Help Balance a Team

Harvard Business Review

Others, perhaps driven by their own narcissism, pick people who are like them, which kills diversity and breeds groupthink. The New Zealand Army , which of course does have formal roles, molds teams based on personality for its outdoor development races through the mountains. It’s just plain hard to get people working together the way you’d like.