Group Think is the Kiss of Death

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Group Think is the Kiss of Death

“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.”

George S. Patton 1885 – 1945, General U.S. Army

 

As I see it . . . . . . .

 

Group think is the kiss of death

 

When everyone is thinking alike there is an exercise of conformity going on in the unspoken word, and everyone is covering their butt. 

 

I have encountered many group think situations over the years.

 

In one situation the division president was so overpowering that no one would speak up at the meeting or voice their concerns about pending problems with the homes being designed for a new community.

 

The division president bullied the new home plans through the company’s approval process and no one voiced the option or concerns that the homes would not fit the target market.

 

The model and spec homes were built and market money was spent and the homes didn’t sell. As a result the division president lost his job along with several numbers of his staff who did not speak up.

 

Group think is the kiss of death for a business.

 

When everyone is thinking alike there either not thinking or they won’t take the risk to speak up in either case they’re not contributing and they’re not needed.

 

Active discussion stimulates the conversation and creates the flow of ideas. Group think is the kiss of death and is a major reason for individual and business failure

 

©2012 Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant, Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author

 

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Rainmaker
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Barbara Todaro
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Good morning, Lou..... your example was the kiss of death, for sure.... it's a bonus to have a "devil's advocate" on board with every new situation.....

April 25, 2012 04:52 AM
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Todd Hays
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I think strategic discussions can benefit from more of a group “think tank” environment. Tactical discussions just need to be made and fallowed. Could you imagine a rescue crew, or fire department needing to have a group discussion before a plan was implemented? 

April 25, 2012 04:56 AM
Rainmaker
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Dorie Dillard
Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
Coldwell Banker United Realtors

Good morning Lou,

I agree with Barbara..it is a bonus to have a "devil's advocate" on board..keeps everyone to hear a different perspective!

April 25, 2012 05:01 AM
Rainmaker
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Diane Daley
Caron's Gateway Real Estate

Devil's advocates are always good to have to really get people thinking...

 

April 25, 2012 05:57 AM
Rainmaker
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Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647
Waukesha County Realtor, RE/MAX Buyer Agent
RE/MAX Realty Center

I have actually heard this one before Lou, I know, right? Maybe since my hubby is a history teacher?  Either way, great pick!

April 25, 2012 07:06 AM
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Sarah Oswald
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Eastvale Team Realty & Property Mgmt

Devil's advocate usually brings more fire to the table and keeps fueling the thinking tank.

April 25, 2012 08:46 AM
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Cheryl Thomson, REALTOR, Retired (U.S. Army)
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Yes Lou, usually the leader sets the tone for everyone else. However, a leader will speak up, great words.

April 25, 2012 09:58 AM
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Irene Durocher
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Hi Lou, I guess someone should have thought outside the box and voiced their opinion

for the sake of the development.



Irene Durocher Coldwell Banker

Boca Raton, Fla on the Atlantic Ocean



April 25, 2012 02:53 PM
Rainmaker
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Laura Cerrano
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Even group work is sometimes overvalued. Some work better on their own. :)

April 25, 2012 08:11 PM
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Joe Petrowsky
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In the context of Patton's point of view, he was probably correct, but I never want tos urround myself with robots. I do not want a group of "yes men" around me.

Thank you for sharing the quote with all of us.

April 26, 2012 06:40 AM
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