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Taming the Groupies

What is Groupthink? The term was devised in the 1970s by the American psychologist Irving Janis, who analyzed group decision-making in the Bay of Pigs fiasco. He defined group think as a form of decision-making characterized by uncritical acceptance of a prevailing point of view. It is a form of collective delusion, where bizarre policies are […]


Help Participants Participate

When we ask participants to commit to full participation in our groups and trainings, we may be asking for things our group isn’t familiar with or has forgotten about. Further, even when participants know what to do to fully engage, with all their best intentions, they sometimes simply forget what it is they intended to […]


Success in Needs Assessment Interviews

Every year companies spend millions of dollars on consulting projects that do not achieve the desired results. One reason the projects fail is that all too often the organizations, and the consultants they engage, overlook the importance of identifying exactly what is needed before they begin their work. It’s ready, fire, fire, fire, and no aim at all. A […]


Fine Points of Sushi Preparation and Consumption

Facilitating a group with strong egos is a lot like eating sushi. In some cases, strong egos form a healthy basis for a meeting, giving you the right nutrients for building the group and the organization. In other cases, you question the safety of these raw elements on everyone involved. Will you get a parasite […]


Recognize and Intervene on Distorted Thinking, Part II

This is a continuation of last weeks list of Albert Ellis’ common modes of distorted thinking. Distorted thinking can and does impact effective communication and thus should be identified and corrected to improve group process. Learn to identify and intervene on the following modes of distorted thinking in your groups. Fallacy of Fairness Two people […]


Recognize and Intervene on Distorted Thinking, Part I

Distorted thinking is more common than ever during a time when we are bombarded with information day after day. Unfortunately, so much of this input is misinformation propagated through distorted thinking patterns rather than through critical thinking processes. Distorted thinking impacts our communication and hence the quality of our work with groups. So as group […]