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Abilene Paradox

Abilene Paradox - DVD

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Duration: 26 Minutes


  • Prevents false consensus among group members
  • Improves group interaction and decisions
  • Helps people overcome fear of speaking out

Has fear led you to say "yes" to a proposed group endeavor when"no" was your true response? It's a common dilemma and the reason many organizational efforts fail. This all-time favorite CRM Learning video program depicts individuals who support plans They'really don't believe in—leading groups to meaningless, costly outcomes.
Travel the road to Abilene and you'll arrive at a place where deeply held, logical values fall victim to group dynamics. It's a bumpy ride culminating in meaningless outcomes and blame, but you can skip the trip if you know how to read the road signs.

In this age of corporate scandals and lack of accountability, or for even the best of organizations, this parable by Dr. Jerry B. Harvey about a needless family trip to Abilene offers a compelling lesson for groups: Make sure you've received everyone's honest input on the action you're about to take. People will often "go along to get along" if they have any doubt at all about what will happen if they present opposition. Leaders must create a workplace where people are free to disagree and are encouraged to voice their true opinions.

The workshop includes additional exercises for a flexible design to help participants learn:

  • The five psychological principles of the Abilene Paradox
  • How to avoid false consensus and achieve effective decision-making within a group

DVD plus Downloadable Materials
Downloadable Materials:
Leader's Guide, Powerpoint Presentation, Participant Workbooks
Downloadable materials will be emailed after order completion.
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