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Wednesday, 16 November 2011 10:28

Is OSM Guilty of Groupthink?

What the heck is Groupthink?

Coined by now-deceased psychologist and researcher Irving Janis, Ph.D., “groupthink,” was first written in a 1972 examination of foreign policy disasters and fiascos. He studied high-level policy-making groups that had a high-degree of cohesiveness and need for affiliation (think “inner-circle”) as opposed to groups (such as the U.S. Congress) that consist of opposing factions.

Symptoms of groupthink can include:

  • Direct pressures on dissenters -
    • members are under pressure not to express arguments against any of the group’s views
    • Does voicing a contrarian opinion isolate someone as a non-team player? Do healthy debates divide or foster better relationships? Are individuals able to respectfully disagree or must consensus rule the day?
  • Collective rationalization -
    • members discount warnings and do not reconsider their assumptions
    • Are discussions frequently held which debate the assumptions underlying conclusions? When is the last time a risk assessment of unlikely outcomes was discussed? When was the last "what if" meeting you participated in held?
  • Self-censorship -
    • doubts and deviations from the perceived group consensus are not expressed
    • When was the last non-unanimous vote on your Board? Have you withheld a question in discussion which might be viewed as opposing the CEO's/Chair's expressed view?
  • Illusion of unanimity-
    • the majority view and judgments are assumed to be unanimous
    • Does your internal process require documented votes by individuals? In the past year how many votes either opposed or abstained due to disagreement with majority?
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It takes so long to get OSM to release the minutes of their board meetings and then when they finally do, they make freshman mistakes. Like this first item on the August 29, 2011 minutes.

I. Approval of previous meeting's minutes Dianne brings the motion to approve the minutes from the June 21st board meeting. Jacques seconds. The motion passes by unanimous consent.

Of course, that is the EXACT same approval - even down to the minutes from June 21st - that appeared in the July 18, 2011 board minutes! You would think in three months they might have proofed it just a tad bit better.

Attendance by Altansukh Tumenjargal has not improved any. Counting the August meeting as one meeting even though it continued on another day which he also missed gives him an attendance record now of 12.5% (1 out of the last 8 board meetings). And Akarawuth Tamrareang has missed 4 of the eight board meetings. That is a 50% attendance record.

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On December 4, 2009, Ryan Ozimek, then Secretary of OSM, Inc. posted this blog in which he promised that the minutes of the OSM board meetings would be published in a reasonable time frame. In fact, he stated: "Our meeting minutes have been recorded internally, and more often than not, sent to the board members for approval shortly after the completion of board meetings." which would imply at least publication during the month following the meeting. Unfortunately the publications of OSM minutes has been very inconsistent with the current state as of today having minutes only available through the July, 2011 board meeting. This kind of delay makes it impossible to have a somewhat current discussion with OSM board members on any decisions that might have been made in the past month. The current board secretary frequently refers to the OSM bylaws when someone pushes the issue of why the minutes are not published in a more timely fashion:

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