Avoiding Group Think

Group think is defined as: “the practice of thinking or making decisions as a group in a way that discourages creativity or individual responsibility.” While we feel that surrounding ourselves with like minds can produce a powerful end product, the truth is very much the opposite. The good thing is that you can get out and stay out of group think and re-invigorate your creative work processes.

You will learn to:

  • Identify the signs that you may be getting stuck in group think
  • Apply techniques that promote creative and divergent thinking in your group
  • Use strategies that replace “happy thought and skepticism” with “optimism and realism”
  • Utilize 7 practical strategies to reduce or even avoid group failure
  • Determine when to use the knowledge of experts over the wisdom of the group 

You will benefit by:

  • Experiencing increased work group effectiveness
  • Avoiding a watered-down end product when embarking on a group project
  • Witnessing a reinvigorated team as they see real results
  • Observing improved intra-team communications


Managers who want to increase the effectiveness and communication of their teams

Course Note:

Pre-registration with a shortcode is required as there is a $50 cancellation fee that takes effect two weeks prior to the course. If you attend the course, your department will not be charged.

Recommended Resources for Avoiding Group Think:

Youtube: A short video (2m 42s) that defines groupthink

LinkedInLearning: Building Creative Organizations (41m 13s)- this class looks at techniques to build and manage a creative work team. LinkedIn Learning is available for free to benefits-eligible U-M faculty and staff. You can also view more information about LinkedIn Learning at U-M.


Originals by Adam Grant - how to recognize and avoid groupthink and champion new ideas 

The Surprising Power of Liberating Structures  by Keith McCandless. - Practical methods to increase productivity and innovation in your team 

Topic Area

  • Communication

Domain and Expectation

  • Mission
    • Create value for the diverse communities we serve


  • Member of a Team


  • Level 3: Specialized skill building


Code: CAM20AGT04

Presenter: Ron Sober

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