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Avoiding groupthink in conversations

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 27 October 2014



Avoiding groupthink in conversations
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Posted DateMonday 27 October 2014 11:25 GMT
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I wrote extremely briefly recently about Group Think & Group Polarization to make the point that two of the biggest challenges facing group conversation are how to overcome Group Think and Group Polarization.

I was delighted a few days later when Paul Sloane picked up on this and wrote a short article How to Fight the Scourge of Groupthink.

Thanks Paul.

When I get a little bit more time I will write about how to how to ensure that when you design a Knowledge Cafe - you can avoid or at least reduce Group Think and Group Polarization as although the Cafe process naturally tends to avoid these issues, in some circumstances extra care needs to be taken.

Dave Snowden's ritual dissent method has a role to play here.

If you are interested in Knowledge Management, the Knowledge Café or the role of conversation in organizational life then you my be interested in this online book I am writing on Conversational Leadership
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