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Throughout these readings, I have learned a lot of different information about myself. In the first week of our discussion, we talked about our different strengths and weaknesses. My intellectual virtue is integrity, and I am stubborn with my beliefs. In a group setting, sometimes my beliefs get tested depending on the situation being discussed. I am usually not afraid to voice my opinions, but I am not a big fan of making the big decision. The problems that I have come across for group decisions include: the free loaders, unproductive meetings, the people who talk just to hear themselves talk, etc. (Koschmann, 2012). The list could go on and on, but these were the main ones that I experience every time I have to deal with a group. I am the type of person who would pick up the slack for the rest of the group. I want things to be up to my standards, so it is just easier for me to put in the effort from the beginning. I know that this is not the ideal situation, but I love to be in charge with these types of situations.
I have experienced groupthink before in many different scenarios. The best example of groupthink is the space shuttle challenger disaster. The whole operation was a disaster because of the lack of communication. A few top people in the company made a decision without the consensus of the people who created the shuttle. If they had discussed the problem, it would have prevented this catastrophic event from happening. Critical thinking and communication skills are needed in these types of situations. Having an open-mind would have caused a different outcome for this tragic circumstance.
Paul, R., & Elder, L. (2016). The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking Concepts & Tools, 7th edition. Foundation of Critical Thinking.
Koschmann, Matthew, director. The Collaborative Challenge: Making Quality Decisions Together in the Age of Complexity, YouTube, 13 Dec. 2012, www.youtube.com/watch?v=iN_A7keXtVg&feature=youtu.be.
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The problems I am familiar with in my own personal experiences in making group decisions are considering all ideas from group members to make them feel a part of the group/not hurting their feelings and not researching risks of the solution chosen, which can cause biased forecasting. The first problematic issue of refraining from dismantling an idea from an individual in the group has occurred in multiple occasions because it is human nature to not possess a desire to hurt the feelings of others, but also allowing a shy personality type individual their moment and not to shun their ideas to keep them from retreating to their shell. An example of this would be when I was in ninth grade and we had to assemble a four member squad to create a diorama of the famous twin towers before the devastating terrorist attacks (post 9/11) and an individual suggested we build the towers with toothpicks to create the massive model. His idea may have looked better, but it was unnecessary work and we informed him it was a great idea (which it was not). The second problematic issue of not researching risks of the solution chosen causing biased forecasting is common in playing with numbers that are not consistent in business, such as the comparison of holiday revenue versus a regular day from last year. Some ideas I have gathered that will assist in reducing group decision making struggles in the future are enlisting individuals to the correct roles, communication, and individually research then collaborate. Vicente Martínez-Tur , Vicente Peñarroja , Miguel Serrano, Vanesa Hidalgo and Carolina Moliner discuss these attributes to group decision making and state the separation followed by collaboration is the premier practice when collaborating with random people. (Martinez-Tur, Penarroja, Serrano, Hidalgo, Moliner, 2014). In my opinion, I believe this practice to be the best due to the individual having the chance to explain their thought process and maybe explaining it in a way that the other group members could concede to. Groupthink is the phenomenon of individuals collaborating on a decision that acts on bias decision making and ignores opposition who think differently from their own ideas. I have experienced groupthink through the premise of the desire to finish a project on time by acting on the first legitimate idea and thinking nothing of any other ideas that would be more beneficial. Groupthink is an issue in the business world and being young and stupid I never thought of older adults struggle through this blockade, but I definitely see groupthink in Sam’s Club. In the future, I plan to stand against this type of thinking, as it can lead to unnecessary negative situations, by utilizing my thought processes to avoid having employees pay for my negligence. Not everyone wants to discuss tough issues or disagree with their superiors, but standing idly by is ludacris and potentially devastating to a lot of people.
Martínez-Tur, V., Peñarroja, V., Serrano, M. A., Hidalgo, V., Moliner, C., Salvador, A., . . . Molina, A. (2014). Intergroup conflict and rational decision making. PLoS One, 9(12), e114013. doi:http://dx.doi.org.prx-keiser.lirn.net/10.1371/journal.pone.0114013