Western Kentucky University

CWD: Courses: Team and Employee Development

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Group Think — The Abilene Paradox

Session Format:

One 4 Hour Session


This fast–paced workshop will help managers, supervisors, and staff find positive ways to come to effective agreement between individuals and groups and avoid the trap of moving in directions that are counter–productive to the group’s overall purpose.


The participant will learn to: 1) recognize the paradox of mismanaged agreement and understand how it contributes to poor group decisions, 2) explore the personal and psychological dynamics that affect each person’s involvement in group discussions and agreement, and 3) initiate measures to help groups avoid making counter–productive decisions.

Content Outline

  • Introduction
  • What is mismanaged agreement
  • How to "skip the trip" and address reality
  • Positive or constructive confrontation in a group setting
  • Strategies that can be used to prevent mismanaged agreement

Who Should Attend

This seminar is intended for managers, supervisors, and line staff who, as part of their jobs, must meet in groups to make decisions.

 Last Modified 7/22/13