Unusual Management of Tension

Unusual Management of Tension

The discussions on my previous buzz were so illuminating that they encouraged me to write Part 2. Facing opposites is a daily experience in our lives. You go to a meeting and you find two opposite poles on an issue. Because of groupthink most likely you shall find more people oriented towards an influencers’ point of view. Deciding by majority will then make it easy to decide.

Deciding this way removes the tension in making a decision. More, it removed the opportunity to create a third possibility that is of a greater value than all other options. This is because of our tendency to stay in our comfort zone by sticking with the crowd.

One reason for this behavior is due to the Separation Thinking. We ask who is better a manager or leader, but not why not both? Likewise; we ask the chicken or egg and why not having them both. Or, is it better to have generate ideas alone, or in a group. The examples are endless.

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The problem is that we see the obvious and leave out the hidden. We should always be willing to study both the plus and minus of any issue before deciding. I give the example of groupthink versus individual approaches to create ideas as shown in the figure below.

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We need to avoid the weakness of the bottom quadrants and amalgamate ideas from the top two. This way we build on our strength and avoid having a narrow window to look at the world. Like the voltage of a battery, the higher the potential is, the higher the flow is. But also we want the flow to be in the right direction.

PromaΒ Nautiyal wrote a great comment on my previous buzz in which he said β€œWhen we are trying to solve a problem we innovate, we try to figure out, read up, ask people, and in a way we are expanding our knowledge day in and day out. What makes us try to rid ourselves of these problems? The purpose of our life”. She went on to write very soundly β€œSo for me it is like: Purpose >> Problem hindering us >> we look for solutions >>In turn expand our knowledge >> we know a bit more than we did before >> and that is improvement which is adding value to our lives and from our experience it's adding value to others”.

In his eloquent comment Tausif Mundrawala wrote β€œOur purpose in life is like an arrow shot from a determined bow with the task of keeping aside the doubted self which for me is a paradox”.

It is in respect of all comments and the ones on LinkedIn that I respond to in this buzz. For space limitation only I choose the great comment of Alain Perrot in which a he wrote great wisdoms. I quote the following segment from it β€œWonder is truly a powerful and inspiring word, because it creates a healthy tension in business between dreamers and doers. Healthy Businesses have both population, but we also see quite often (too often in my humble opinion) doers eating dreamers for breakfast. At best, Doers focus on customer satisfaction. Dreamers focus on customer delight. Guess where the breakthrough will come from? As George Bernard Shaw wrote β€œSome men see things as they are and say β€œWhy”? I dream of things that never were and say β€œWhy Not”. It is this comment that triggered the drawing of the quadrant above. I can’t thank you enough.

I consider this buzz a real example of individual thinking (myself in this case) versus Groupthink. It is the building on both strengths of both and the elimination of weak two quadrants that resulted in writing this buzz.
I am grateful to every commentor who made the writing of this buzz possible.


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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#22
judging from my own experience jit is almost always in line with what you wrote . "However, as with Lisa Gallagher I believe the most original ideas come from within and alone". I go along with you. However; this buzz tries to bring the strength of individuals and in groups in formulatjng great ideas. Yes, I am better as individual, but also trying to get the best out of groupthink.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#20
thank you Lisa \ud83d\udc1d Gallagher. You highlighted a great point. Groupthink is not faulty; it is us who may make it so. Our behaviors and attitudes are responsible. When we combine fruitfully groupthink with individualthink and the strength of both we are no more just dreamers, but also achievers.

Lisa Gallagher

Lisa Gallagher

3 years ago #17

I love the dreamers, they help me to expound on the dreams I may keep hidden. Some of those dreams became a reality, others are still hidden. I think many times we feel if we haven't 'influenced' many, we are not worthy. Group think mentality is a hindrance and can be poisonous depending on the situation(s). Much to think about here, thanks Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#17
your previous comment explained this concept greatly my friend Harvey Lloyd. Thank you for sharing the buzz.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#16
what a marvelous comment you wrote Harvey Lloyd. It is breath-taking with its depth. For me, the key lines in your comment is the following "Self preservation is given weight when we have not defined our purpose beyond survival". Yes, it is not survival only, but stretching its boundaries to reach the beyond survival zone. Few thinkers are alert to this need. Your comment is a gem my friend.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #14

You have a team and embarking on a think tank style hashing of ideas. What is the driving force of the team and selecting the best "go forward plan". Weigh in with Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee as he explores this concept.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #13

Social labels notwithstanding we can grasp the concepts at a deeper level when we discuss fundamental fear. Four people are before you each has presented a good idea towards a goal. Which one would you choose or would you take an amalgamation of the four? From one end of the spectrum we would want the best effort that meets the goal. But personally we also suffer from self preservation. Which one of the ideas will gain me a better position of survival? To what extent self preservation becomes weighted is based on the passion of the ideas presented and which one i believe will win out, to who will be writing my review and raise considerations. Self preservation is given weight when we have not defined our purpose beyond survival. When we look in our media today we find that those that disagree are not considered on the team, add this to self preservation with no higher purpose and fear is the motivational factor in choosing. I could see this scenario playing out within a manager group, however, when seen within managers who's team includes a leader or a leadership group its bad. Leaders should have the ability to open doors to the reality of the best solution by removing the self preservation angle. Group think is merely a natural self preservation tool that we use out of known fear or natural survival instinct. Sadly group think was/is something we should have evolved away from, not perfecting. Great buzz as always Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#14
Proma \ud83d\udc1d Nautiyal- if all people would not follow blindly groupthink you do then the problem shall not exist. However; this should not divert our attention to the merits of groupthink. Same approach is needed for individuals. It is by combining the strengths of BOTH groupthink and individual think that we may arrive at great ideas. I thank you greatly for the inspiration youprovided me with to write this post.

Proma 🐝 Nautiyal

Proma 🐝 Nautiyal

3 years ago #11

Thank you for the mention. Sir, Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee I am deeply honored. This is a great post on coming up with ideas and finding the right approach to making the right decision. I always think that a good brainstorming session if moderated well can help come up with brilliant ideas. That of course should be preceded by participants doing the first level of thinking and coming up with some great ideas to pitch in the group brainstorming session. This way both the participants and the discussion has an added edge. Personally, I generally don't believe in following the group mentality. If I see value in the proposition of a lone person over that of the entire group, I will support that person.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#9
thank you dear Tausif Mundrawala. You ended your comment with very sound reasoning. You balanced a positive idea with its negative aspect. You are balanced my friend.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#8
thank you James Olcott. You have a point and in fact I gave a lot of thinking to naming the axis. I shall think more and may be replace variety and stability with individual and groupthink. The issue that stopped me from doing this is that groupthink my produce variety and may not. Groupthink would produce more ideas if done in a free environment. It shall not if a person present is so influencing that people would repeat support for whatever he suggests. Same with individual if he/she is focused or not. May be it would help to rename the axis as convergent versus divergent. However; as we are considering both the positive and negative of each issue the importance of what we opt to name the axes drops.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#7
yes and you are spot on Jerry Fletcher. I did not add all positive and negative aspects of groupthink to keep the graph simple and to allow for thinkers like you to add their input. What I plan to do is to collect all the issues suggested by commenters in a graph and add it later to the buzz. I shall do this when more comments are made so that the graph shall be a summary of all comments.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#6
thank you dear Debasish Majumder. You are consistent with my approach that we must not be blind by looking at the positive or negative side of an issue. We must consider both. Your examples show the positive and neggative sides of things. What we endeavor is trying to maximize the positive sides and reduce the negative ones. I shall comment more on your comment tomorrow.

Jerry Fletcher

Jerry Fletcher

3 years ago #6

Ali, once again you tread upon ground that will not brook a heavy step. Over the years I've found that there is a playful acceptance of the strange and wondrous in the top creative teams whatever the discipline. I believe that the trust that develops in such teams is why they find solutions that elude others. Just as importantly, bringing a client or other party into that team's "happy hunting grounds" is possible if they demonstrate even a small modicum of open mindedness. BUT beware the buzzkill type that is logical to a fault. That kind of person can cripple creativity.

Debasish Majumder

Debasish Majumder

3 years ago #5

sticking with the crowd may create a comfort zone and decision making become more convenient as you subscribe for sir Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee. but, i am doubt that how can i stick with the entire crowd? there is always a dichotomy in terms of opinion even within the crowd and of course it is distinguished by virtue of majority and minority. but, minority too a size able proportion. where as, as an individual one can take effective decision by thinking alone and aligning with the majority and that too can reflect the views of majority without being physically not attached with. rather thinking individual can more effectively illuminate the concern of majority. group thinking can only make an average and a decision which may make less ripples as collective flow hardly make any notable results. on contrary, i guess, individual thinking can bring a sea change in the whole process of thinking as solitude is a bliss by all means, whether in business or in personal life where one can get an opportunity to resonate with the majority without the commotion of crowd. however, nice insight sir. enjoyed read and shared. thank you for the share.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#3
absolutely correct dear friend Edward Lewellen. In a groupthink one of the manor bottlenecks is the fesr of "offernding" the facilitator with an opposing view. Your explanation is spot on. I fullybapprove yyour comment not because I am fearful, but because you said the truth. You highlight fear as onre of the drswbacks of groupthink and it belongs to the bottom qudrant in my graph.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#2
Robert Cormack- your comment is the theme of my next buzz. It is such a rich and vivid comment that it needs a buzz to address its valuable wisdom.

Robert Cormack

Robert Cormack

3 years ago #2

At the end of the day, @Ali Anani, we need brave thinking that doesn't fit any equation, simply because even brave thinkers don't always know they're brave thinkers until they're in a room with not-so-brave thinkers.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

@Alain perrot, Proma \ud83d\udc1d Nautiyal- you are mentioned in this buzz.

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