today’s organizational paradigm: team building or groupthink
May 18, 2016
The CEO just ordered mandatory attendance of the company’s monthly roundtable meeting. He wants everyone to focus on team building. Team building – unite employees around a common goal and generate greater productivity. With team building, you build effective working relationship, smooth out interpersonal problems, and achieve a team who feels more comfortable with each other. We have less conflict, more agreement among team members. We are becoming more alike. But, is that a good thing?
Less conflict, more agreement, members think alike – those could also describe Groupthink. One definition of Groupthink – a dysfunction that occurs within a group of people, in which members try to minimize conflict, avoid controversial issues, strive to reach consensus without critical evaluation of alternative ideas or viewpoints. The group’s desire for harmony or conformity results in loss of individual creativity, independent thinking, and incorrect decisions and outcome.
The line between team building and groupthink could be a thin one.