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The Abilene Paradox

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It is a well-known phenomenon from social psychology that people are reluctant to voice minority opinions. My guess is you may recognise this issue and feel it yourself sometimes; when a whole group of people seems to agree on something (a course of action, proposal, etc.) but you have doubts about it, there is a bit of a psychological hurdle to speak up against it. And if you do collect the courage to speak up against it, you do so reluctantly, ready to take the heat. And we’re right to be reluctant to speak up. Research also shows that minority dissenters are often “punished”, in the sense that people in the ...
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 ...
Mob Mentality: Explained by the Abilene Paradox - Info Barrel
ll game and want to decide on where to eat afterward. Laura suggests you go to Burger King; however, she doesn't like their burgers and only suggests it because she knows Jim likes their fries. Jim, though, already had two pounds of fries before the game, and the thought of eating another sickens him. Regardless, he says, "Yeah, Burger King sounds great!" Although you've been craving some KFC popcorn chicken, you don't want to disappoint your friends, so you exclaim, "Yeah, let's go to Burger King!" But, wait. How come you collectively decided to go to Burger King if no one wanted to go ? ... market research, surveys and trends
The Abilene Paradox…in Geezerville « The GSCPA House of Blogs
In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s there was a short film out called the Abilene Paradox. It was used extensively by consultants and trendy speakers at, seemingly, every conference I attended during that time frame. Wikipedia describes it this way: “The Abilene Paradox is a paradox in which a group of people collectively decide on a course of action that is counter to the preferences of any of the individuals in the group.” The film is about a family that somehow ends up driving 53 miles to Abilene, although no one wanted to go, for dinner. Since I’ve seen the film multiple times, listened to and participated in numerous ... market research, surveys and trends


“Successful firms are characterized by maintaining bottom-up driven internal experimentation and selection processes while simultaneously maintaining top driven strategic intent” Stanford professor Robert Burgelman once wrote. And I thought “What…?!” What (on earth) might Robert mean with that? I don’t know but I am willing to take a guess. Let’s take the first part: “Bottom-up driven internal experimentation and selection processes”. You have to realise that Robert spent much of his academic life in Intel , studying how they developed strategy. And he found that for instance ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
Transition Management Consulting: The Road to Abilene
In theory, association mergers make a lot of sense. The new organization is operationally streamlined, services and infrastructure are combined in ways that take advantage of economies of scale and save precious resources, and political clout is consolidated and power enhanced. This, however, is the story of a merger that was tried and failed, told in the faith that sometimes we learn more from our failures than our successes. The talk of consolidation began in the summer of 1998. We were three separate organizations, operating under a corporate umbrella that looked a lot like an association management company. The players in ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
Obama admin. to file suit against AZ immigration law
The U.S. Justice Department is filing a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Arizona's tough new law targeting illegal immigrants. The planned lawsuit was confirmed to The Associated Press by a Justice Department official with knowledge of the plans. The official didn't want to be identified before a public announcement planned for later Tuesday. The lawsuit will argue that Arizona's new measure requiring state and local police to question and possibly arrest illegal immigrants during the enforcement of other laws, like traffic stops, usurps federal authority. Tuesday's action has been expected for weeks. market trends, news research and surveys resources


The Abilene Paradox: The Management of Agreement
the web of the Abilene Paradox. That inability to manage agreement effectively is ... To repeat, the Abilene Paradox reflects a failure to manage agreement. ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
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Recognizing and Overcoming False Consensus In Groups and Organizations
The Abilene Paradox: 1. Have you been in a group that went, ... The Abilene Paradox and. Other Meditations .*. On Management,. Lexington, Mass. ...
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so does anyone know what the abilene paradox is all about
The Abilene paradox is a paradox in which a group of people collectively decide on a course of action that is counter to the preferences of any of the individuals in the group.[1][2][3] It involves a common breakdown of group communication in which each member mistakenly believes that their own preferences are counter to the group's and, therefore, does not raise objections. A common phrase relating to the Abilene paradox is "rocking the boat". The Abilene paradox was introduced by management expert Jerry B. Harvey in his article The Abilene Paradox and other Meditations on Management.[4] The name of the ...
Anybody familiar with "Alethophobia" in the workplace? Meaning: a ...
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