Brain-Friendly Friday: It’s Better When We Don’t All Get Along

Is your team suffering from groupthink?

Do you believe your workgroup is falling into the groupthink mindset? ๐Ÿค”

Groupthink is a psychological phenomenon where a group makes decisions and/or thinks the same as a consensus. It feels natural because it stems from our long-held desire to conform and belong. 

However, when we pair with peers exactly like us, it blocks critical thinking and good judgment. It also can be deadly (I have an example in my book The ๐˜‰๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ-๐˜๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ž๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฆ).

By spotting groupthink, you are taking the first necessary step to change your groupโ€™s dynamics from isolating to the exciting and wonderful group flow.

Use this quick test below to spot groupthink. 

Are you witnessing either of these:

โœ…๐—›๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜€: A high level of arrogance that is a common by-product of power and status. 

โœ…๐——๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ: Eagerly attacking group dissenters and shutting down dissenting opinions

Being a dissenter in a group doesnโ€™t have to be labeled as โ€œbad.โ€ Dissenters create change and spark innovation. 

Just look at these historical dissenters to find inspiration: astronomer Galileo Galilei๐Ÿ”ญ, psychotherapist Sigmund Freud๐Ÿ—’๏ธ, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.๐Ÿชง, and suffragette Elizabeth Cady Stanton โ™€๏ธ.

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