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Welcome to Practical Analyst, a site specializing in practical insight for business analysts and project professionals. If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed or follow me on Twitter . Thanks for stopping by! We’ve all been there. You don’t agree at all with a decision being made, but you fear that you are in the minority – if not the only one – in disagreement. Instead of prolonging debate, and risking raising the ire of others in the group, you concede. Instead of expressing your true thoughts on the matter, you feign agreement without consideration for the future ...
process that not only seeks the agreement of most participants, but also the resolution or mitigation of minority objections. Consensus is usually defined as meaning both general agreement and the process of getting to such agreement. Consensus decision-making is thus concerned primarily with that process. While not as common as other decision-making procedures, such as the parliamentary procedure explained in Robert's Rules of Order , consensus is used by a wide variety of groups, from the theological such as the Quakers , to economic including the Dutch Polder Model , to historical like the Hanseatic League , to political ...
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Groupthink and the Abilene Paradox | Paul Ford
When faced with a difficult task, we often seek the ideas and insights of a number of individuals. Attacking a problem with a group rather than an individual provides additional perspective and an opportunity to piggy-back on each other’s ideas. Despite the popularity of using teamwork to make decisions, it may not always be the best idea. While brainstorming sessions are assumed to be valuable because they elicit a variety of individual opinions, this doesn’t always work as planned. In fact, the pressure of a group setting in the workplace can actually lead to individuals withholding their views because they feel ... market research, surveys and trends
» The Abilene Paradox » Cornell Info 2040 - Networks
The Abilene Paradox describes a situation in which a group makes a collective decision that is contrary to the opinions of every individual in the group. It can be thought of as a self-propagating cascade where each individual agrees to the decision of the group only because they believe everyone else in the group is in favor of the decision. In group management theory, this stems from a lack of communication. The title comes from an allegory of three people in Coleman, Texas who are deciding where to go for dinner one night. It is a hot day and one suggests driving to Abilene, Texas, a town 53 miles away, for dinner. The ... market research, surveys and trends

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Accountability of individual students to both team and instructor.
Need to avoid the “Abilene Paradox by having each member disclose his or her true position instead of falling into rapid agreement. ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
Conflict Management - LESSON NUMBER: B106
NOTE: If possible, obtain and show videotape of The Abilene Paradox. .... of the functions of healthy conflict and avoid the destructive negative forces. ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
Recognizing and Overcoming False Consensus In Groups and Organizations
take to avoid the. false consensus of the. Abilene Paradox or Group Think. These steps are not prescriptive for alj groups, ...
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Help Me Find A Book On Why Groups Can Be Bad | Ask MetaFilter
Everyone knows the positive effects of working in groups, but I read about this book that talked about the negative effects of working in groups. I don't remember the title, I don't remember the author. Does anyone have an idea on what this book would be? The Abilene Paradox? posted by MarkAnd at 7:39 PM on November 2, 2008 I think you are looking for a book about "groupthink". I don't know what specific titles are good, but that's a concept you'll be interested in. posted by allen8219 at 7:59 PM on November 2, 2008 Groupthink : psychological studies of policy decisions and fiascoes, by Irving Janis ...
Anybody familiar with "Alethophobia" in the workplace? Meaning: a ...
Interim CEO, C-Level Strategies, Business Futurist, 30-yr Track Record, Keynotes, Seminars, Certainty in Uncertain Times see all my answers Yes, it is pervasive in organizations which find it impossible to change; they remain frozen, trapped like the proverbial deer in the headlights. They cannot face their own truth, and refuse to listen to anyone who points out anything different to what they have long held to be true, but is false. It also pervades unethical and dishonest organizations, which of course may be full of brovado, but actually cannot sleep at nights for fear of being found out and exposed. I have seen it in ...