TEDx and Group Think

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics—from science to business to global issues—in more than 100 languages.

The TEDx Program is designed to help communities, organizations and individuals to spark conversation and connection through local TED-like experiences. Independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

Recently, social scientist Ron Storm hosted a Tedx talk. His topic was, “Do I Have to be a Jerk to Win?” He approached this topic from many different angles, conducted over 20 weeks and with over 10,000 data parts used. The results were simple: No.

No, you do not need to be a jerk. Arrogance will lose every time. Ego will lose every time. Social coercion will lose every time. That’s not to say you should ignore your passion. It just says that you can be passionate without being a jerk!

Storm relied on the Group Think Index, an HRDQ product, written by Dr. Rollin Glaser for his research.GTI

The term “groupthink” has become a standard way of describing a special phenomenon that can and does occur in groups. If a group experiences groupthink, it has developed a set of shared perspectives that may be unrealistic but are strongly supported by the members of the group.

The GroupThink Index (GTI) helps teams gauge the effectiveness of their decision-making progress and catch hidden tendencies toward hasty, lazy, or self-satisfied group thinking.

The danger to any group is that the quality of a decision may be weak, yet the group strongly believes in the correctness of its position and ignores conflicting views. The end result may be a decision of such poor quality that it fails to achieve its intended purpose or creates other more serious problems.

GTI is used most effectively in the context of a team development intervention. It is appropriate for senior management teams, project teams, cross-functional teams, self-managing teams, and a variety of other teams. Because the concept of groupthink is a more sophisticated notion of what can go wrong in group decision making, it is not useful for all teams. Teams benefiting from this instrument will have a higher level of education, experience, and skill, in addition to being more mature in their interpersonal relationships. The facilitator will need to make a careful assessment of the team and its members before introducing the GroupThink Index.

To learn more about the GroupThink Index and to watch the powerful Tedx talk, click here now.

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