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Stopping with the first workable solution

Stopping with the first workable solution

Another subtle form of groupthinking: When there’s a problem to solve and you call a meeting for example, the group wrestles with the problem and comes up with a workable solution. At that point most groups declare victory and adjourn. 

That’s a mistake and an opportunity missed.

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  • We’ve always done it that way.”
  • “That’s the right way.”
  • “Everybody does it this way.”
  • “That’s standard practice.”

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Groupthink

A psychological phenomenon that occurs within a group of people, in which the desire for harmony or conformity in the group results in an irrational or dysfunctional decision-making outcome. 

Group members try to minimize conflict and reach a consensus decision without critical evaluation of alternative viewpoints, by actively suppressing dissenting viewpoints, and by isolating themselves from outside influences.

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Not examining standard practices

A subtle form of groupthinking: When we don’t question a norm or standard practice, that’s lazy thinking. 

You can challenge everything you do, you just can’t challenge everything all at once. The whole idea of continuous improvement is based on always looking for ways to do things better. Continuously.

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Under particular circumstances (involving high anxiety or a major reward) our brains cause us to perceive the world around us in ways that contradict and distort objective reality. It's when we're most likely going to do something regrettable.

This shift in perception is unrelated to our intelligence, morals, or past behaviors. We don’t even know it’s happening, nor can we control it.

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  • Develop relationships with your team members: that way both of you are more willing to listen.
  • Don’t put it off.
  • Choose a private and safe place.
  • Plan what you’re going to say, according to the person you are talking to.
  • Be factual and objective
  • Wait for the other person to talk next. When you’ve said your piece, shut up. 
  • Don’t end the session until you’ve agreed on 3 things:  what will change, when it will change and how both of you will know that it’s changed.

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