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Breaking the Barriers

BARRIER 1: Ignoring Stakeholder Values
OVERCOME BY: Clarifying Stakeholder Values


Deciding if a risk is acceptable requires evaluating probability along with the consequences of potential gains and losses. Probability estimates can often be improved by statistical methods, but judging consequences requires subjective valuing by the people who have a stake in the outcome. Valuing means balancing the most desired against the least desired consequences of taking the risk. In groupthink, exploring negative possibilities is downplayed to maintain the illusion of group unity.


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