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This presentation offers an explanation of why meetings go chaotic leading to making wrong decisions. The presentation offers a creative and logical approach to make meetings more fruitful and to come …

This presentation offers an explanation of why meetings go chaotic leading to making wrong decisions. The presentation offers a creative and logical approach to make meetings more fruitful and to come up with the right decisions and serves as a guide for leaders to conduct rewarding meeting.

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  • 1. Creative Thoughts on Groupthink Unequal Opposites Ali Anani, PhD
  • 2. We talk about balancing of opposites, but not much so on opposites inequality
  • 3. If there are no clouds then there shall be no rain The opposite is unequal If cloudy it could rain or not
  • 4. #Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less. ~ CS Lewis
  • 5. If we add hot sulfuric acid to water gradually it is safe. The opposite is very risky
  • 6. In brainstorming sessions if we add “cold” members to a hot discussion the brainstorming session shall turn chaos
  • 7. If we add “hot” members to a cold session the meeting shall be more productive.
  • 8. How to minimize the risk of brainstorming sessions? How to minimize the risk of brainstorming sessions?
  • 9. How to help leaders take the right decisions?
  • 10. I call for the idea of Gradual groupthink (GGT)
  • 11. Like we add acid to water gradually, we add group members gradually
  • 12. There is always the risk of groupthink
  • 13. Everyone in a group goes along with a decision without consideration for alternative solutions or ideas.
  • 14. The craving for conformity is to keep the atmosphere calm and cold.
  • 15. Under the calm atmosphere there are hidden feelings. These include, but aren’t limited to: • Fear of isolation of non-conformers • Tendency to overlook negatives • Snaky assumptions that the group has a better eye always than the individual
  • 16. Applying the Blue Ocean Strategy to groupthink Eliminate risks of groupthink Raise ideas-sharing Reduce of groupthink Create new ways of performing groupthink
  • 17. Type of People in meeting • Majority go along with groupthink • Hard nuts who will disagree Trueyes
  • 18. How to get people move out from the circle of groupthink to the consensus of going in the same direction? Charles Cullinane Circle of groupthink Unified direction of consensus
  • 19. Using the metaphor of adding the slow addition of hot acid to cold water to optimize groupthink
  • 20. Let two or few people brainstorm and then come to an agreement. This is a cool situation- agreement is prevailing
  • 21. Now invite a member reputed for being true yes to the meeting. If in accordance then you know that whatever opinion decision you made is based on true yes.
  • 22. It is time to invite a hard nut to the meeting. He/she is the hot acid that we add to cold water. It is time to invite a hard nut to the meeting. He/she is the hot acid that we add to cold water.
  • 23. The hard nut shall heat up the session and splash some acidic ideas
  • 24. Chaos shall eventually reorganize and change of direction may result
  • 25. To avoid groupthink remember that there is unequal opposite
  • 26. Avoid adding cold members to a heated discussion. Add hot heads to a cool session where agreement is prevailing