There’s a reason you were hired and are part of your team. You bring your own unique insights to the table. But research shows us that even the best of us are susceptible to creativity-crushing group-think. OPEN Forum reveals a study in which a group of 12 people were ask to determine which of the lines on the right (bel0w) were the same length as the one on the left. The results are fascinating:
While the answer is obviously C, his studies showed that people who would otherwise be certain of their convictions could be “manipulated” into questioning their beliefs. This was not done through coercion, peer pressure or even incentives. Nine experiment participants were shown the above image and were asked to call out which line on the right was the same length as the one on the left. This was done 12 times. Only one of the nine participants was actually being tested. The other eight were “plants” and were told to purposefully call out incorrect answers.