Abilene Paradox

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The Abilene Paradox occurs when members of an organization take an action contrary to what they really want to do and, as a result, defeat the very purposes they are trying to achieve

The lack of the ability to manage agreement is expressed by six specific sub symptoms: 1) Individuals agree as to the nature of the problem or situation. 2) There is individual agreement as to the steps that should be taken. 3) Organization members fail to communicate their desires and beliefs to one another. 4) Inaccurate and invalid information is then used to make decisions. 5) Everyone is angry, irritated, and frustrated with the organization. 6) The cycle repeats itself.

What’s Behind The Paradox?
It is the lack of logic that
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The employer thinks likewise.

During a meeting assumptions are thoroughly checked, all options are reviewed keeping risks and benefits in mind. Achieving the objectives and checking the confidence of the individuals, making sure the situation is recoverable is of utmost importance. These factors are kept in mind by 87% of the employees. The employer on the other hand is open to all further doubts brought about by his employees.

After decisions are made, the members are still open to all concerns raised and don’t let poor decisions stand. Wrong decisions are still open to be rechecked. 28% of the employees still follow the herd and don’t voice opinions made by the heads.

DISCUSSION
Members fail to communicate their desires and/or beliefs to one another, and, most importantly, sometimes even communicate the very opposite of their wishes based on what they assume are the desires and opinions of others. People make incorrect assumptions about consensus. Based on inaccurate perceptions and assumptions, members make a collective decision that leads to action. It is in the action that it becomes apparent that the decision is contrary to individual desires. Members experience frustration, anger, and dissatisfaction with the organization. Often this leads to the forming of sub-groups that take combative or blaming positions toward each other.

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