Group Think

Course# TD1773

Note: This workshop is capped at 16 participants.

Competency:   Organizational Development - Fundamental
                           Administrative Skills - Fundamental

Type: Single-Session Workshop

Total Workshop Time: 2 hours

Make-Ups: No make-ups are scheduled for this workshop.

Pre-requisites: None

Workshop Description: No area of organizational life is more subject to scrutiny than group decision making – or more vulnerable to failure.  Why do even the most cohesive, well-intentioned groups sometimes make decisions that turn out to be monumental errors?  Because decision making is a very human process and subject to human error.  The late Dr. Irving Janis of Yale University identified the culprit as groupthink:  A natural tendency to achieve agreement for the sake of group unity, regardless of contrary facts or potential consequences.

In this workshop participants will:

  • Learn what groupthink is
  • Understand the significance of groupthink in the group decision making process
  • See case histories of how groupthink prevents the success of group objectives
  • Learn the eight groupthink symptoms
  • Learn to apply the four key strategies for avoiding groupthink

Presented by: Raymond Brown, Jr., Professional Development Specialist

Session Information:

Thursday, September 4, 2014
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

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