Group Think is the Kiss of Death

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Group Think is the Kiss of Death

“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.”

George S. Patton 1885 – 1945, General U.S. Army


As I see it . . . . . . .


Group think is the kiss of death


When everyone is thinking alike there is an exercise of conformity going on in the unspoken word, and everyone is covering their butt. 


I have encountered many group think situations over the years.


In one situation the division president was so overpowering that no one would speak up at the meeting or voice their concerns about pending problems with the homes being designed for a new community.


The division president bullied the new home plans through the company’s approval process and no one voiced the option or concerns that the homes would not fit the target market.


The model and spec homes were built and market money was spent and the homes didn’t sell. As a result the division president lost his job along with several numbers of his staff who did not speak up.


Group think is the kiss of death for a business.


When everyone is thinking alike there either not thinking or they won’t take the risk to speak up in either case they’re not contributing and they’re not needed.


Active discussion stimulates the conversation and creates the flow of ideas. Group think is the kiss of death and is a major reason for individual and business failure


©2012 Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant, Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author



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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Good morning, Lou..... your example was the kiss of death, for sure.... it's a bonus to have a "devil's advocate" on board with every new situation.....

Apr 24, 2012 09:52 PM #1
Todd Hays
Exit Real Estate Professionals - Spokane, WA

I think strategic discussions can benefit from more of a group “think tank” environment. Tactical discussions just need to be made and fallowed. Could you imagine a rescue crew, or fire department needing to have a group discussion before a plan was implemented? 

Apr 24, 2012 09:56 PM #2
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Lou,

I agree with is a bonus to have a "devil's advocate" on board..keeps everyone to hear a different perspective!

Apr 24, 2012 10:01 PM #3
Diane Daley
Caron's Gateway Real Estate - Northumberland, NH

Devil's advocates are always good to have to really get people thinking...


Apr 24, 2012 10:57 PM #4
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I have actually heard this one before Lou, I know, right? Maybe since my hubby is a history teacher?  Either way, great pick!

Apr 25, 2012 12:06 AM #5
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Devil's advocate usually brings more fire to the table and keeps fueling the thinking tank.

Apr 25, 2012 01:46 AM #6
Cheryl Thomson, REALTOR, U.S Army-Veteran
Jobin Realty (703.216.5635) - Woodbridge, VA
Real Estate in Northern Virginia

Yes Lou, usually the leader sets the tone for everyone else. However, a leader will speak up, great words.

Apr 25, 2012 02:58 AM #7
Irene Durocher
Coldwell Banker BUYERS AGENT - Boca Raton, FL

Hi Lou, I guess someone should have thought outside the box and voiced their opinion

for the sake of the development.

Irene Durocher Coldwell Banker

Boca Raton, Fla on the Atlantic Ocean

Apr 25, 2012 07:53 AM #8
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Even group work is sometimes overvalued. Some work better on their own. :)

Apr 25, 2012 01:11 PM #9
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

In the context of Patton's point of view, he was probably correct, but I never want tos urround myself with robots. I do not want a group of "yes men" around me.

Thank you for sharing the quote with all of us.

Apr 25, 2012 11:40 PM #10
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