Great minds don’t think alike.

The latest morsel from Rolf Dobelli:

Groupthink is when otherwise rational people dare not express their true opinions for fear of being seen as the naysayer and because few have the confidence to disagree with the rest. This creates an illusion of unamity, and this is how groups can act in reckless ways that the individuals within them would not countenance.

Dobelli’s advice: “If you ever find yourself in a tight, unanimous group, you must speak your mind even if the group doesn’t like it. Question tacit assumptions, even if you risk expulsion from the warm nest. And if you lead the group, you should appoint a devil’s advocate. She will not be the most popular member of the group, but she might be the most important.”

Which to my mind, is good enough reason for the existence of this blog.


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