Group Think

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Group Think Question #2 This type of dysfunctional operation of an organization has many ways and opportunities for failure. The basic fundamentals of this process are the beginnings of failure as groups seek conformity and unity they sacrifice everything in order to maintain peace within the group. Many times this will take the individuals creative thoughts and ability to voice the creative edge thinking away. In many organizations this is a process that is continually used. It is perceived that management wants the organizations operation or process to run without any type of question or waves. Below are listed eight of the main symptoms of group think as detailed by Janis, I. L & Manns book "Decision making" Symptoms of Groupthink…show more content…
"At the top of the flight readiness review chain, Jesse Moore had every reason to believe that the shuttle was "A-OK (Griffen, 1997)." Janis proposes nine ways in which to safeguard against Groupthink. 1. "The leader of a policy-forming group should assign the role of critical evaluator to each member, encouraging the group to give high priority to airing objections and doubts. This practice needs to be reinforced by the leader's acceptance of criticism of his or her own judgment in order to discourage the members from soft-pedaling their disagreements (Janis, 1972)." 2. "The leaders in an organization's hierarchy, when assigning a policy planning mission to a group, should be impartial instead of stating preferences and expectations at the outset (Janis, 1972)." 3. "The organizations should routinely follow the administrative practice of setting up several independent policy-planning and evaluation groups to work on the same policy question, each carrying out its deliberations under a different leader (Janis, 1972)." 4. "Throughout the period when the feasibility and effectiveness of policy alternatives are being surveyed, the policy-making group should from time to time divide into two or more subgroups to meet separately, under different chairpersons, and then come together to hammer out their differences (Janis, 1972)." 5. "Each member of the policy-making group should discuss periodically the group's deliberations with trusted associates in his or her own

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