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Why Groups of Smart People Sometimes Make Bad Strata Management Decisions

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Groupthink

  1. 1. Groupthink!   Why Groups of Smart People Sometimes Make Bad Strata Management Decisions STM Client Presentation March 2013©  Copyright  2013  Teys  Lawyers                                                                      www.teyslawyers.com.au  
  2. 2. What  is  Groupthink?   “A  deterioraLon  of  mental   efficiency,  reality  tesLng   and  moral  judgement  that   results  from  ‘in  group’   pressures”   Source:  Irving  L  Janis,  Groupthink  1982    ©  Copyright  2013  Teys  Lawyers                                                                      www.teyslawyers.com.au  
  3. 3. Faults  That  Lead  to  Groupthink   No  Procedures   Insolated  by   Apathy   Groupthink   No  ImparLal   Leadership   Homogeneity  ©  Copyright  2013  Teys  Lawyers                                                                      www.teyslawyers.com.au  
  4. 4. 1st  Sign  –  OveresLmates  Power  &   Morality   “UnquesLoned  belief  in  a   group’s  inherent   morality….  ignoring  ethical   and  moral  consequences…   taking  extreme  risks”   Source:  Irving  L  Janis,  Groupthink  1982    ©  Copyright  2013  Teys  Lawyers                                                                      www.teyslawyers.com.au  
  5. 5. 2nd  Sign  –  Closed  Minded   “The  group  comes  up  with   excuses  for,  or  arguments   that  dismiss  informaLon   that  might  make  them   rethink  a  decision”   Source:  Irving  L  Janis,  Groupthink  1982    ©  Copyright  2013  Teys  Lawyers                                                                      www.teyslawyers.com.au  
  6. 6. 3rd  Sign  –  Pressure  to  Conform  ©  Copyright  2013  Teys  Lawyers                                                                      www.teyslawyers.com.au  
  7. 7. Avoiding  Strata  Groupthink   §  Find  imparLal  management   to  guide  decision  making   §  Establish  procedures   §  Embrace  diversity  of   commiaee  membership   §  Fight  apathy  in  your  strata   community   §  Plan  for  succession  ©  Copyright  2013  Teys  Lawyers                                                                      www.teyslawyers.com.au  
  8. 8. About  the  Presenter   About the presenter - Michael Teys is the Founder and Principal Lawyer of TEYS Lawyers. He has a Bachelor of Laws and practices exclusively in the area of strata title law. He is a Fellow of the Australian College of Community Association Lawyers. He was formerly an Adjunct Lecturer with Charles Sturt University. He appears weekly on SKY News Business Channels Property Success with Margaret Lomas and is a regular panellist for the property edition of Your Money, Your Call for the same channel. You can read Michael’s blog at www.michaelteys.com and follow him on Twitter at @MichaelTeys.com Teys Lawyers practice nationally in strata title law representing owners corporations, bodies corporate and apartment owners. The firm’s practice groups include building defects, strata community disputes, strata titles property law, by-laws and levy collection. Subscribe for their free e-newsletter StrataSpace and find out more about them at www.teyslawyers.com.au©  Copyright  2013  Teys  Lawyers                                                                      www.teyslawyers.com.au  

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