Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Groupthink.  It happens when people huddle together and feel all warm and fuzzy in their circle.  But they feel so warm and fuzzy that they stop thinking for themselves.  In groupthink, people defer too much to people in positions of power.  Or they nod and stay silent when an idea appears to be accepted or popular with others in the group.  It's bad for decision-making and it shuts out innovation and creativity.
Is it only me, or do animal welfare groups, like rescues, but also animal control agencies, fall into the trap of groupthink really easily?

We have so many splinter organizations hereabouts, mostly created when someone dared to look outside the box, maybe some because people just could not agree, but for the public it's really confusing.  Instead of discussing and exploring new ideas, groupthink makes people continue on and on and on with the same-old, same-old.  New members agree with more senior members.  Nothing EVER changes.

Do you scratch your head over why there are a dozen groups but little real practical work getting done to help?  Do you think that groupthink happens in the animal care and control field?  Tell me what you think!

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