GroupThink and the effect it could have on major decision within an organization. This is one of the clips from my MBA programme @WarwickMBA.
Whilst there are advantages with making joint decisions as a group, we need to be smart enough to identify when it’s becoming destructive. This clip will highlight the importance of not suppressing individuals’ views.
Ways to overcome the effect are as follows
- An informal, relaxed atmosphere in the group, which shows that members are involved and interested.
- Full participation by all members in the discussion, which remains focused upon the task.
- Acceptance of the group objective by all.
- Members listen to each other and are not afraid to make creative suggestions.
- Disagreements are fully discussed and either resolved or lived with.
- Most decisions are reached by consensus.
- Criticism is frank and frequent, without degenerating into personal attacks.
- Group members are free to express their feelings about the way the group is functioning.
- Actions are clearly assigned to group members and are carried out by them.
- Leadership within the group shifts occasionally and tends to be based on expertise rather than formal status or position.
- The group is self-conscious about its own operation and regularly reviews the way it goes about its business.
Reference: Organization behaviour module, Warwick MBA.
I had always been procrastinating doing an MBA till something happened; I was reminded of where I started from and my desire of wanting to be with the big boys.
Also, I genuinely felt somebody was stupidly giving me the opportunity to do what I had always wanted to do – Study more and have a qualification that would prepare me for a bigger board level.
And I knew it was the perfect moment to take that big step thus I had to seize the opportunity and turn the challenges all around into something potentially great.
It was one of the best decisions I have taken in years and it ranked up there (obviously below) with the joy I had when my beautiful daughter was delivered.
The first few questions that came up in my mind were as follows:
1) Can I afford an MBA with a worldwide top 30 school
2) Should i do full-time or part-time
3) How best can I spend the time/freedom that I suddenly have.
Well, the answers to the above were not that straight forward as most of you would expect.
At that time I was working with a techie and successful small company. They offered to pay for my MBA but I felt I will be indebted to them so I rejected the offer and resigned. Did I hear you say “Are you crazy?”, No, I resigned because it was a counter offer.
Obviously, I wouldn’t have resigned without another job in the pipeline. And whilst with my new employer, @WarwickMBA offered me a place on the programme after a rigorous application process.
The next challenge was to figure out a way to pay my school fees, more in part 2.
Why did I choose Warwick? Simply, though it’s not cheap I believe they met 90% of my criteria. They’ve not disappointed thus far.
To be continued…