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No modern-day scholar better answered these questions than the late Dr. Irving Janis, who introduced the concept of groupthink over three decades ago.
People often seek unanimous agreement in spite of contrary facts pointing to another conclusion. The phenomenon is called groupthink; and this compelling video, centered on the story of the Challenger, is the most definitive ever on the subject.
Organizations will benefit from training with Groupthink and participants will gain an understanding of the eight symptoms and strategies for avoiding it:
Your organization's team consensus-building and process-implementation will be changed through understanding groupthink and the Challenger disaster. Also mentioned in the video are other historical events - the Bay of Pigs invasion, Pearl Harbor and the Cuban Missile Crisis - to explore and help demonstrate the phenomenon of groupthink.
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Languages: English, French, Portuguese (subtitle), Spanish, Traditional Chinese (subtitle)
I felt that "Groupthink" was a great demonstration on how important it is to make sure that all members of a team are truly in agreement before moving forward with a decision. This video re-enacted what factors lead up to the NASA Challenger disaster, why no one spoke up when they knew an accident was eminent, and how that relates to other work environments where group decisions are necessary.
It was very interesting to see the actual footage and to understand that there were so many different people who disputed the facts but no one actually spoke up when it came time to make the decision. "Groupthink" has a strong message, and I would certainly recommend it!