During an episode of “The Property Brothers at Home”, the twins were discussing a project they were working on. Each had ideas they wanted to include in the project – almost polar opposites. During the show they were bantering back and forth and a new (and better) idea surfaced that they both liked. Interestingly enough, they commented about how they frequently bring different perspectives forward and through their discussions land on an even better solution than they would have arrived at individually.
Is a group always better?
When a team within an organization come together, they too can mastermind to enhance the decisions and solutions. Unfortunately this doesn’t always happen. In most work situations, people attending a meeting have different levels of authority. If the meeting is not structured to encourage the sharing of ideas and perspectives regardless of position (rank), then employees will most likely refrain from speaking up when they have a different perspective or idea than their boss.
Another phenomenon that happens in many groups occurs where complacency reigns. Group Think occurs when everyone on the team begins to think alike. The status quo is embraced and innovation and varied perspectives are fail to be embraced and encouraged.
Challenge the Status Quo
As a leader of a business, division or committee, creating and sustaining an effective group is important if you want to have a positive impact. To help prevent group think in your team, always be willing to challenge what seems obvious. When you challenge teams, they will be more creative and innovative and new and more successful solutions can result.
My recommendation is to always ask Why. Not just once, but many times throughout the process. This one simple word can invoke a wide variety of thoughts, ideas, and new solutions.
I was working with a client, who I’ll name Joe. He had a team of managers who worked well together but results from the management team were not helping them keep pace with competitors. When we looked at past decisions and outcomes, a pattern became apparent. Most of the decisions were introduced by one manager, and after a short discussion, minor adjustments, that solution was implemented. It was quick, easy and painless. What they learned is that it wasn’t the right approach.
Our solution was to create a structure which would guide the decision making process so that they would compete more effectively and grow their business. This decision making process included brainstorming, risk assessment, resource evaluation, and a beta test before final launch. Through the beta test they can ask what is working, what is not and most importantly why! The answers fueled their future discussions and decisions and led to more innovation and better profits.
Working Alone or Looking for More Diverse Perspectives?
Small and medium business leaders often have a small leadership team. Their ability to ask for feedback, gather different perspectives or garner support (cause it can be lonely at the top) is limited.
So… a mastermind (peer-mentoring) group can be the solution! Why! You become part of a unique group of motivated, goal oriented, successful business leaders, professionals and entrepreneurs who, like you, are focused on being a good leader, better business person and make better decisions that ignite results, engage employees, grow business and helps them professionally and personally.
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