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Debate: A powerful tool

Not many of us get taught how to debate properly – but it’s an important skill. If more of us learned how to debate, we could talk about just about …

Stereotyping of out-groups: Strategies

In groupthink theory, stereotyping doesn’t necessarily refer only to the kinds of cultural stereotyping we often see in our daily lives. It also, and more specifically, refers to stereotyping of …

‘One-and-done’ DEI

A friend once related this Arabic proverb to me: ‘Anything a man says of himself is a lie.’ The same can be said for companies. Is there anything more cringe-worthy …

One person cannot represent every person

Businesses can’t expect someone who satisfies a checkbox to represent everyone else who satisfies that checkbox. Every single person is different, and no one person can represent the entire perspective …

Illusion of invulnerability: Manifestation

The illusion of invulnerability is when group members create excessive optimism and encourage taking extreme risks. This symptom can manifest in many ways, and it’s extremely difficult to spot from …

How groupthink affects everyone’s productivity

Group thinking leads to positive movements and actions where everyone has a voice, and everyone gets listened to. The final product will be an amalgamation of everyone’s perspectives. When we …

A personal story

We consider the creative sector to be diverse from an outside perspective, but from the inside, it’s clearly not. Over time you start seeing yourself in different positions and roles, …

Do I really know what I think I know?

We all make decisions based on both implicit and explicit biases and assumptions. There is no way around this. The human mind has evolved to react to minute pieces of …

Semantics and groupthink

In their PhD thesis, Xi Yeng conducted a Latent Semantic Analysis of a design team at an Asian automotive company, searching for the semantic coherence between people of different departments. …

Shared illusion of unanimity: Manifestation

The shared illusion of unanimity happens when group members believe the silence of other group members is a signal of their agreement. 1. The silent voters It has happened time …

Illusion of invulnerability: Strategies

In this article, we’ll explore some potential strategies teams and organisations can use to mitigate the effects of the illusion of invulnerability. 1. Set up a critical advisory board Any …

Meet your educator: Ajay Pabial

We all hold beliefs grounded in fact, emotion, life experiences or various mixtures of all three. It’s natural to view our own beliefs as rock-solid and believe those who disagree …

The science behind groupthink

Groupthink is defined as: ‘the practice of thinking or making decisions as a group, resulting typically in unchallenged, poor-quality decision-making’ Irving Janis, a Yale psychologist, coined the term in 1972 …