Do you Wish you Could Say What you Really Think at Meetings?

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Leadership and Marketing Update from H. LEINER & CO.

….Or are you worried you’ll be the odd one out?

The thought of having all disapproving eyes on you when you begin to question the status quo is intimidating. But it doesn’t have to be.

Groupthink is the avoidable situation that happens when all members of a group readily agree with each other, without thinking of possible problems with the idea or different approaches.

No one wants to say what they really think because they are scared to upset the harmony within the group.

If a Groupthink mentality exists in your organization, implement these tips so your meetings can be more thoughtful and successful:

  • When you select board members or people to work together on a project, choose wisely. The group should be diverse and contain individuals with differing outlooks and viewpoints.
  • The culture of asking advice from others and accepting input should be role modeled from the top down. Once the president/chairman of the Board or the leader of the group is confident enough to seek advice, this approach will trickle down to the rest of the group.
  • The atmosphere should be comfortable for individuals to question the current situation. When you work on a project or deal with an issue, part of the process should be weighing the pros and cons, instead of agreeing before taking the time to consider the options.

(Insigniam Quarterly)

 

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