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

The Difference Between GroupThink and TeamThink – Remarkable TV Live

Kevin Eikenberry

There is a big difference between groupthink and what I call teamthink. The post The Difference Between GroupThink and TeamThink – Remarkable TV Live appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning. During this video I talk about the differences, why it is so important, and how as a leader you can improve the chances you get what you want. This is a further expansion of the ideas in this article. Listen to the audio […].

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Fine-Tuning Your Leadership Style

Lead Change Blog

What can you do to improve your leadership style? Leadership styles refer to the alternative ways you direct, engage, and empower people to make needed changes. Be aware of groupthink. Too much agreement may imply “groupthink.”

July 2021 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

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. Liz Weber of Weber Business Services provided Leadership Dysfunction – Doing What You’ve Always Done. You may have a leadership dysfunction problem. Miller writes Leadership in the Hybrid Workplace.

Why You Should Value the Nonconformist

RapidStart Leadership

That’s Colin Powell’s approach to leadership. When everyone focuses on agreeing and trying to please, you’ll soon find yourself on the Bus to Abilene , a special kind of purgatory for specialists in groupthink. RapidStart Leadership Blog Take Action Written Blog abeline paradox bus to Abeline groupthink leadership nonconformist planning problem solving team buildingI’m not paying you to agree with me. I’m paying you to think.

Everyone Hates the Boss (and other opportunities)

Let's Grow Leaders

Authenticity Change confidence Fear and Courage bandwagons groupthink leadership opportunities opportunity risks Knowing “everyone’s in the same boat” paralyzes instincts to adjust the sails. Commiserating creates false teams. Misery with company is miserable. Solve problems instead. The more painful the situation, the easier it is to believe that everyone is right. This can’t be fixed.” “The guy’s a jerk.” “The The system is flawed….” Everyone knows it. Become [.]

Why Good Teams Make Bad Decisions

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

→ Read More: Why Good Teams Make Bad Decisions The post Why Good Teams Make Bad Decisions appeared first on Seapoint Center for Collaborative Leadership. Team Effectiveness Groupthink High Performance Teams Team decision making Teamwork Did you ever watch in dismay as a good team began to make a series of bad decisions?

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First Look: Leadership Books for December 2014

Leading Blog

Here''s a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in December. A Year with Peter Drucker : 52 Weeks of Coaching for Leadership Effectiveness by Joseph A. Wiser : Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter. Build your leadership library with these specials on over 100 titles. The Best Place to Work : The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace by Ron Friedman.

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In 100 Words: Perils of Blind Conformance

QAspire

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.

Anxiety, Communication and Leadership

Lead Change Blog

In this post, I will briefly expand these ideas and then focus on a specific emotion from a communication and leadership point of view: Anxiety. When several team members don’t speak freely, groupthink rears its head, sometimes even with catastrophic implications. Leadership motivation Communication emotion anxiety exclusion safety team functioning

Quiet: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking Susan Cain Crown Publishers (2012) How and why our location on “the introvert-extrovert spectrum” influences most (if not all) of our decisions and opinions Throughout most of her book, Susan Cain takes a balanced approach to the immensely difficult task of examining the [.]. Bob's blog entries Albert Einstein Andrew Carnegie being or at least seeming “cool C.A.

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

Lead Change Blog

So, for those leaders who see value in embracing differences and who are intent on preserving integrity, truthfulness, and authenticity—leadership basics that could become quaint notions should post-truth practices and an absence of facts become normalized—here are ten things to do to keep these basics front and center in leading yourself and others. 10 things to do to keep “post-truth” from crippling your leadership. Discourage groupthink and don’t shoot the messenger.

What's Your Leadership B Side?

Great Leadership By Dan

How your B side will impact your team depends on your leadership style. Or, if on the other hand you build trust by prioritizing people and a collaborative culture, you might overemphasize getting everyone to agree, which can discourage differing opinions and lead to Groupthink. Leadership shouldn't be a solitary venture and neither should exploring how to manage your own strengths and weaknesses. and the less desirable aspects of your leadership may have less impact too.

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.

A Silent Leadership Killer

Aspire-CS

Given the widespread leadership failure that led to the Great Recession — I wonder how many of those leaders had integrity as a core value? ” This is important because, contrary to what you might think, loss of integrity is a silent leadership killer. Groupthink is powerful: a little unethical conduct here, a white lie there — justification is available for every integrity-compromised action.

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. Team Dynamics Leadership Communication Community employee engagement

LeadershipNow 140: January 2019 Compilation

Leading Blog

Winston Churchill, Groupthink, and the Dardanelles by @michaelaroberto. 3 Steps For Dusting Off Your Leadership in the New Year by Linda Fisher Thornton @leadingincontxt. How To Avoid the 3 Blows From a Leadership Shortcut by @WScottCochrane. Transition to Leadership: Well Begun is Half Done from @wallybock. Leadership Development: It Isn't All About You via @Korn_Ferry by Daniel Goleman. 6 Toxic Beliefs That Will Ruin Your Leadership by @LollyDaskal.

Are You Ready for Recovery?

Leading Blog

Transpersonal Leadership is a concept that my colleagues and I at LeaderShape Global have been developing for over 10 years. The next area to consider is the crucial importance of distributed Leadership, which follows naturally from the transpersonal perspective. Leadership

Disrupting the Routine: 7 Ways to Change for the Good

RapidStart Leadership

There are close parallels here to good leadership and change. But after a while, even the best ones can descend into groupthink and lose their creative edge. And be sure to sign up now for twice-monthly Leadership Updates with more tips and exclusive content not available elsewhere on the site! RapidStart Leadership Blog Take Action Written Blog change disrupt leadership team building team leadership

Diversity and Inclusion – Two Very Different Concepts

Great Leadership By Dan

Whilst both are important, leadership is the cornerstone, without which all the diversity initiatives in the world will be in vain. While policies can help with this to some degree, the work of including people is mostly done through leadership. This creates a culture where disagreement and debate is welcome, and guards against blind spots and groupthink.

Creating and Leading High Performing Teams

Lead Change Blog

They use an effective leadership style to direct, engage, and empower team members. 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. Teams don’t become great performers overnight.

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

Mike Cardus

Soon the organization loses trust in leadership. 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.

Can Optimists and Pessimists Ever Get Along?

Lead Change Blog

Devil’s advocates are also good at preventing groupthink , the tendency for a group to coalesce around the opinion of the most powerful person in the room. Leadership cognitive biases collaboration employee engagement optimistic team optimists PessimistsHow many arguments have broken out in your team just because someone was handing out suggestions on the fly without giving it much thought?

How to Avoid 3 Big Mistakes About Being Biased

Lead Change Blog

An important aspect of leadership is to turn around and see who is following you. Groupthink says it’s brash extroverts that make the company thrive. Self Leadership Bias Decisions LeadershipGo ahead—second guess yourself. Done intentionally and constructively, not self-destructively, giving your actions one last loving look before moving forward is a good thing—for you, your colleagues, company, community, and workplace culture.

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Leading for Others

Great Leadership By Dan

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. Consider, for example, that 89% of the American public say that they are comfortable with women in senior leadership roles. If you’re in a leadership role, or if you’re aspiring to be one, consider taking these actions: Identify a time in your career when you felt like an Other.

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.

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. * * *. LeadershipB ILL CAMPBELL was one of the most influential background players in Silicon Valley.

How Would You Put Your Organization Out of Business?

Talent Anarchy

Among the things he discussed in his keynote was how to combat groupthink. Groupthink may be the most dangerous force running rampant within organizations today. Here’s a definition of it from Psychology Today : Groupthink occurs when a group values harmony and coherence over accurate analysis and critical evaluation. To combat Groupthink requires divergent thinking. A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of hearing Adam Grant speak.

LeadershipNow 140: January 2017 Compilation

Leading Blog

How Would You Answer This Question About Your Leadership? How Will Leadership Change in the Cognitive Era? The Ten Behaviors of Strong Personal Leadership by Scott Eblin @EblinGroup. 2 Self-Leadership Hacks for Positivity by @AlanDUtley. The Secret Ingredient for Extraordinary Leadership by Jane Perdue @thehrgoddess. The Best Leadership Books of 2016. Unleashing Creativity And Avoiding Groupthink by Michelle M Smith via @octanner.

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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.

Ignore The HIPPOs (Highest Paid Person’s Opinions)

LDRLB

That’s a recipe for groupthink and conformity. Writing Leadership Featured Articles Featured DailyBurk brainstorming decision-making meetings dailyburk FacilitationYou’ve probably seen them roaming around the wilderness of your open office.

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.

Act Like A Leader

Eric Jacobson

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. Doing things -- rather than simply thinking about them -- will increase your outsight on what leadership is all about," explains Ibarra. Identify two people whose leadership you admire and start watching them closely. Act Like A Leader Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Herminia Ibarra Leadership Leadership Books

The 11 Essential Elements Needed to Achieve True Collaboration

Leading Blog

Without diversity groupthink sets in. Leadership. 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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A Team of Rival Perspectives

LDRLB

This “team of rivals” was able to provide a variety of perspectives and create a tension over the solutions that avoided the traditional, yes-man saturated groupthink sessions that marked so many other president’s cabinets. LeaderLab Burkus Creativity Leadership LincolnOne element that fosters creativity is the ability to see an issue from multiple angles. When leaders build mechanisms that give them these various perspectives, they are more likely to see creative solutions.

Originals or How Non-Conformists Move the World

Leading Blog

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.”

Act Like A Leader, Think Like A Leader

Eric Jacobson

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. Doing things -- rather than simply thinking about them -- will increase your outsight on what leadership is all about," explains Ibarra. Identify two people whose leadership you admire and start watching them closely. Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Herminia Ibarra Leadership Leadership Books

Don’t Hire For Culture Fit

LDRLB

That’s a recipe for a leadership disaster. As a manager, you want a team of people who are diverse and who know how to leverage friction and disagreement toward better decision making and away from groupthink. You’ve probably heard the advice: “Don’t hire for skills, hire for culture fit.”. The idea is that if someone is a good fit for your company culture, you can train them on the skills they need. But the reverse isn’t always true.

10 Steps to Rolling Out Core Values at a Small Business

ExactHire

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.

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. Leadership Development Organization Development Team Building Team Building Activity complexity and decision making decision making team decision making

A Team of Rival Perspectives

LDRLB

This “team of rivals” was able to provide a variety of perspectives and create a tension over the solutions that avoided the traditional, yes-man saturated groupthink sessions that marked so many other president’s cabinets. Leadership burkus creativity lincoln One element that fosters creativity is the ability to see an issue from multiple angles. When leaders build mechanisms that give them these various perspectives, they are more likely to see creative solutions.

Don’t Hire For Culture Fit

LDRLB

That’s a recipe for a leadership disaster. As a manager, you want a team of people who are diverse and who know how to leverage friction and disagreement toward better decision making and away from groupthink. You’ve probably heard the advice: “Don’t hire for skills, hire for culture fit.”. The idea is that if someone is a good fit for your company culture, you can train them on the skills they need. But the reverse isn’t always true.