The 1 Way to failure
Whether its in relationships, or in business management there’s one falicy that tends to trip people up: Group Think.
One of the most textbook examples of group-think is the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.
The idea behind group think I believe really stems from a preference that is ingrained into people. We just want to be with people who are similar.
My belief system is to seek out complementary groups of people not necessarily people who are the same. The idea that 2 people who believe different things but can both be right is very important to me (yes I’m a relativist).
I’m amazed at the amount of time that I spend having to defend the idea that I accept someone’s position as plausible without sharing it.
But back to the business impact……
People have a tendency to want to have someone with the same goal-set, someone who believes the same things, and someone whose motivations are alike with there own. This is an unfortunate trait though as diversity in thought is really a huge driver in creativity within an organization.
Take-aways: Challenge yourself. Try and understand differing ideas and embrace the differences rather than fear them. Understand that success may lie on a different path than you would lead, and be willing to change paths if there is more potential for success down a different road.