Sep 29, 2021 | by Budi Tanrim
We’re social creatures. We avoid disrupting the group’s harmonies.
That’s a psychological phenomenon called Groupthink.
Study shows people easily get influenced and feel the social pressure to agree with each other. As a result, the group will come up with tunnel-vision ideas. Groupthink destroys divergent thinking.
How to combat this?
- Silent divergent: If you want to generate diverse ideas with the team, prepare trigger questions. Give time for everyone to think through the problem individually.
- Then regroup and inspire each other. This way, people have to think through their reasoning first. You’ll get a diverse output.
- If necessary, break out again.