Tip of the Month by Ron Jasniowski
committees come up with bad ideas and cause big problems (congress
is no exception).
A bad idea is put
forth by a respected or dominating person and another respected or
dominating person voices their total support. Then as you are
about to counter with your words of wisdom, another person voices
their support! As you question yourself, you realize you are
outnumbered and remain silent. This is called group think
and this is what caused the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster
(among others). Another factor also takes effect. I call this the
momentum of the moment. This occasionally sucked me
into something I knew was not right. My way out often was
one-on-one with another respected committee/team member and
challenging them about the wisdom of the recent committee
discussion. Then, after the initial momentum of the moment
elapsed, we together raised our concerns and offered a solution. I
found this works more often than not.
group think and momentum of the moment
can help keep us out of trouble and lead others more effectively.
If you find yourself in a meeting that is headed in the wrong
direction, voice your opinion. If you see the momentum of the
moment persists, stalling until the momentum of the moment
elapses might be more effective than an immediate all out
confrontation. Cooler heads usually prevail.
But be careful,
leadership is not about getting our way … leadership is about
Tom Landry, the
former coach of the Dallas Cowboys said,
Leadership is getting someone to do what they don't want to do, to
achieve what they want to achieve.
Future issues will provide you with
more details on how you can reach the next level of leadership
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