The Abilene Paradox

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If teams are headed in the wrong direction, it is of great importance for group leaders and managers to have cultivated an environment of honesty where employees are comfortable sharing their opinions. Learn how to:

  • Avoid False Consensus
  • Overcome Fear of Speaking Out
  • Facilitate Group Decision Making
Program length: 26:00


The Abilene Paradox


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The second edition of the classic training program, The Abilene Paradox, will help you join the  thousands of organizations that have already increased profits and productivity through the use of this highly effective training. This completely updated second edition offers a fresh, new look at a faster more engaging pace.

The Abilene Paradox 2E DVD delivers a highly entertaining parable from management expert Dr. Jerry B. Harvey. This story of a family trip to Abilene offers a timeless, compelling lesson on group decision-making.

Travel the road to Abilene and you'll arrive at a place where deeply held, logical values fall victim to group dynamics. It's a bumpy ride culminating in meaningless outcomes and blame, but you can skip the trip if you know how to read the road signs.

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    Trainer - Professional Trainer
A re-make of CRM's Classic from many years back. The "Abilene Paradox" offers a fascinating discussion about why group agreement isn't always what it seems. I particularly liked the supporting examples and I think viewers will be able to relate and be highly entertained at the same time. While I do feel the video doesn't go far enough describing and demonstrating the behaviors necessary to avoid mismanaged agreement, it is still a poignant and entertaining video, well worth checking out.

  • Interesting, thought provoking story and narrative
  • Good supporting workplace examples

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6 out of 9 people thought the following review was helpful:

    Cinthia Kleven - Training Coordinator - CNNBS
I saw the first version of Abilene Paradox many years ago and was thrilled to see an updated version of the video available. I still think the story line holds up. It's engaging and thought provoking. Thanks.

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2 out of 2 people thought the following review was helpful:

    B. Johnson - President - Integrity Learning
I love the Abilene Paradox. It is one of my favorites - a classic that will never loose relevance. I would suggest this video be essential viewing for any work group or team.

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    Susan Ewing - Capital Blue Cross
The addition of the realistic "Project X" scenario adds to the value of this program and demonstrates that the Abilene Paradox can indeed occur in the business world. The next step is to balance the negative aspects (i.e. the evolution of the original trip to Abilene, Project X, and the wedding)with more constructive suggestions for how to abort the ill-fated trips. (I did not look at the trainer's materials or participant guides, so perhaps there is more on this subject there.)

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