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Avoiding Groupthink

In studying these blunders, Irving Janis found common threads that he called “groupthink.” [*] The term conveys the social pressure that keeps close-knit groups from generating creative alternatives.

[*] I. L. Janis, Victims of Groupthink. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1972.

When working with others in risky situations, check for the three most important barriers to making a decision of appropriate risk: ignoring the values of other stakeholders, giving in to excessive pressure, and neglecting shareholder concerns.


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