Groupthink is like cooking the same meal over and over and never “taste testing”. You can add too much salt to a dish without thinking about balance or flavor. It leads to poor decisions and an unpalatable outcome.
The opposite of groupthink is “constructive conflict.” It’s like a well-prepared meal where the chefs talk openly about their different ideas in a respectful way. Just as blending various ingredients can create a rich and flavorful meal, constructive conflict helps people think creatively, understand different points of view, and usually leads to better decisions.
Constructive conflict should be a key ingredient in setting goals, planning, making decisions, or solving problems. However, it’s not always easy, just like preparing a complex meal. Sometimes people need encouragement to speak up and not just follow the recipe. Like a master chef who experiments and tastes as they cook, embracing constructive conflict can lead to more satisfying and successful results.