Unlimited [Humor and Comedy Book] ✓ Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter - by Cass R. Sunstein Reid Hastie ✓

By Cass R. Sunstein Reid Hastie | Comments: ( 865 ) | Date: ( May 29, 2020 )

Why are group decisions so hard Since the beginning of human history, people have made decisions in groups first in families and villages, and now as part of companies, governments, school boards, religious organizations, or any one of countless other groups And having than one person to help decide is good because the group benefits from the collective knowledge ofWhy are group decisions so hard Since the beginning of human history, people have made decisions in groups first in families and villages, and now as part of companies, governments, school boards, religious organizations, or any one of countless other groups And having than one person to help decide is good because the group benefits from the collective knowledge of all of its members, and this results in better decisions Right Back to reality We ve all been involved in group decisions and they re hard And they often turn out badly Why Many blame bad decisions on groupthink without a clear idea of what that term really means.Now, Nudge coauthor Cass Sunstein and leading decision making scholar Reid Hastie shed light on the specifics of why and how group decisions go wrong and offer tactics and lessons to help leaders avoid the pitfalls and reach better outcomes In the first part of the book, they explain in clear and fascinating detail the distinct problems groups run into They often amplify, rather than correct, individual errors in judgment They fall victim to cascade effects, as members follow what others say or do They become polarized, adopting extreme positions than the ones they began with They emphasize what everybody knows instead of focusing on critical information that only a few people knowIn the second part of the book, the authors turn to straightforward methods and advice for making groups smarter These approaches include silencing the leader so that the views of other group members can surface, rethinking rewards and incentives to encourage people to reveal their own knowledge, thoughtfully assigning roles that are aligned with people s unique strengths, and .With examples from a broad range of organizations from Google to the CIA and written in an engaging and witty style, Wiser will not only enlighten you it will help your team and your organization make better decisions decisions that lead to greater success.

  • Title: Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter
  • Author: Cass R. Sunstein Reid Hastie
  • ISBN: 9781422122990
  • Page: 305
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Cass R. Sunstein Reid Hastie

Cass R Sunstein is an American legal scholar, particularly in the fields of constitutional law, administrative law, environmental law, and law and behavioral economics, who currently is the Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Obama administration For 27 years, Sunstein taught at the University of Chicago Law School, where he continues to teach as the Harry Kalven Visiting Professor Sunstein is currently Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where he is on leave while working in the Obama administration.

Comments Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter

  • Tim Floyd

    Wow, what a fascinating book. The influence and relationship between individuals and groups described in this book completely messed me up. The research that has been done on individual bias influencing group decisions, the impact of deliberation and cascading thought there are so many fascinating concepts that surround this study on groupthink!

  • Leland Beaumont

    When do groups make wise decisions? When do they may foolish decisions? What methods can help groups make wiser decisions? Cass Sunstein and Reid Hastie explore these questions in this helpful book. Part one examines several systemic mechanisms that cause groups to fail. Part two describes approaches that help groups avoid these errors.During deliberations, group pressures may cause members to agree on a falsehood rather than the truth. Incorrect information may cascade through the group and pre [...]

  • عبدالرحمن عقاب

    كتابٌ في فهم أثر المداولات الجماعية للأفكار، وهل في الإجتماع حكمةٌ وعصمة أم غواية وتطرّف.يجعل الكاتب كتابه في قسمين الأوّل يتحدّث فيه عن أثر النقاش الجماعي لفكرةٍ ما على الفكرة وعلى الفرد. ويبيّن المهالك الكامنة في ذلك. ويشرح الأسباب وراء ذلك، ومردّها إلى أثر وضغط الجماعة ع [...]

  • Charlie Higbie

    I found this book to be very well written and to the point with plenty of references. However, I was looking for a book about group dynamics and this helped fill what I was looking for.

  • Dawn Trlak-Donahue

    Way too theoretical and boring.

  • Mikhael De vera

    No clear point. Although there are good insights on behavioral science and organizational development, it only provides a theoretical account on why teams succeed and how why fail.

  • Eric Bergman

    Painfully dull. Some good ideas however regarding group decisions and bias. Perhaps best read as a peer reviewed journal article.

  • Kathy Cowie

    This will be in the March-April Issue of Global Business and Organizational Excellence.

  • Lucyfedia

    A book with very interesting content (hence my number of stars is possibly a bit harsh) but it reads like someone's scribbled notes or like someone didn't actually have the time to think about how it reads as a book. The book would have been better (where better = more actionable), in my opinion, had they spent more time attempting to teach people how to categorise problems and then think about how to get the best out of people (+ how many people and what type of people) in that scenario. I can [...]

  • Kevin

    Concise and with references, a good summary of the becoming-very-hip "behavioral science" stuff but thematically focused on group decisions. The primary focus is on evaluating whether groups can correct the mistakes of individuals within the group (surprise: we're not so good at that). Quick read, split into two parts: first, all the mistakes we make and how we make them, followed by practical advise to combat the various forces that drive us in the direction of making horrible mistakes.

  • Mae

    Learn, Learn & Learn!

  • Tony

    The concept of Wiser is excellent: take all the recent behavioural research on how people make decisions (popularised in Thinking, Fast and Slow, Predictably Irrational, Scarcity, Nudge, etc.), and see how it applies to groups, rather than individuals.Is there, for example, an equivalent of Daniel Kahneman's "System 2"—where slower thinking can help avoid instinctive mistakes—for group decisions? The short answer: Unfortunately not.The longer answer: Left to their own devices, groups will na [...]

  • Chris

    Good academic read on what makes group performance effective or ineffective. Pushing past halo effect and social pressures to hide useful information may protect from amplifying and cascading errors, and polarization. Delphi method (initial anonymity) has its usefulness in attaining honest feedback when accompanied with reasons for their views. Eventually, you still have to deliberate and try to come up with the best solution.Finding group members who prefer to work in teams improves the effecti [...]

  • Jdu FFH

    De schrijvers van Nudge hebben een nieuw boek geschreven, dit keer over het slimmer maken van groepen. Cass Sunstein is een aantal jaar ervaring in de regering van Obama rijker en combineert inzichten en anecdotes uit die tijd met populaire navertellingen van wetenschappelijke artikelen. Het is voor een groot deel Kahnemann-voor-groepen.Statistische groepen scoren beter dan éénlingen bij het schatten van het aantal knikkers in een glas. Maar zodra groepen met elkaar gaan samenwerken ontstaan e [...]

  • Synexe

    The main ideaHow can we ensure we can make better group decisions? Drawing on the latest business and social science research the authors provide concrete ways in which organizations can improve their group decision making processes. Interesting tidbitOne of the co-authors, Cass Sunstein, in addition to being a prolific author and public intellectual was also Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. What you really need to knowGroup decisions sometimes workd [...]

  • Sean Goh

    Groupthink and how to overcome it in a book.__________________Happy talk, or telling your superiors/group that everything is going well, is a pervasive source of group failures.Leaders would do well to have a streak of anxiousness to ask the question: What am I missing here?, because more likely than not their subordinates won't ask that question.Groups can be highly innovative, if divergent thinking is nurtured and minority views are welcome.A great risk of group deliberation is that it will si [...]

  • Peter

    The thesis of this book is that contrary to conventional wisdom, group decision making often yields poor results. It provides examples, reasons and solutions from scenarios involving governments, corporations and committees, as well as offering solutions based on successful group decision making case studies. It's definitely an informative and useful read, but it can be a bit redundant at times. Many of the reasons groups fail (failure to share information, reluctance of group members to contrad [...]

  • Jeff

    Sunstein continues here on the path of his bestselling Nudges (co-authored by James Thaler), though this book is the more technical, perhaps not as marketable, and not coincidentally the better book. Nudges, too, was directed toward bureaucrats and decision-makers, but there the inferences were directed toward the disciplines of education, psychology, politics, design, and business as though the disciplinary frameworks had themselves failed in the cultivation of individual self-interest; too lar [...]

  • Ray Johns

    Cass Sunstein and Reid Hastie do an excellent job at exploring the many ways that we tend to shut down discussion, lose or miss invaluable information that can be used to make better decisions and understanding on an issue or problem-solving dilemma. We need to cast as wide a net as possible to advance civic inclusiveness as the path to more stable , cohesive communities . The authors provide an excellent source index on additional reading . It also includes some innovative websites set up by Ob [...]

  • Grace

    It's a relatively short book that describes how to make group decision making smarter and to avoid many group biases. It provides many US government related antidotes since one of the authors work in the White House. There is one part I totally agree with the authors is about how personality tests are a poor predictor of a person. They point out how the tests lack consistency when people are put into different contexts. Just because you are lazy at home does not mean you are lazy at work. One le [...]

  • Brett

    This book is essential for anyone involved in regular business meetings or volunteer boards, particularly if you are a manager or organizer. There is no doubt you will gain important insights and tools to help your group function smarter. The reason for the low rating is that (like Gladwell, etc) while there are several fascinating statistics and studies presented, they won't all be relevant to you. Therefore, there are many skimmable pages, which I accounted for in my rating. If I were rating t [...]

  • Memory Toast

    I often like what I learn from non-fiction, but get lazy about reading something that's not a story. The authors of this book seemed to get that about their potential audience and their informative text on the pitfalls and triumphs of groups kept things brief, but enlightening.The voice of the text balances a fine mixture of educational, entertaining, academic, and practical.I recommend for those who are in positions of leadership, who are into learning about social sciences, and who want to be [...]

  • C.H.E. Sadaphal

    The bottom line: A powerful analysis of how and why group decisions go terribly wrong, and how to steer groups toward better outcomes.The fact is, people tend to congregate, and when they do congregate they tend to make decisions together. While groups have the potential to make extraordinary decisions compared to individuals, groups are not inherently better and are capable of making even more catastrophic choices.Wiser describes the forces at play chesadaphal/wiser-gett

  • Prasanna

    It gives an in-depth analysis of factors that influence how groups reach a certain decision and the various biases at play. While thinking of all these biases can be overwhelming when you sit to start a group deliberation next time, it can help formulate a plan to reach correct decisions. The book is a definite read for leaders and managers who believe that groups come out with better solutions. ~ Non-Fiction Book Reviews

  • Summer

    This was not at all helpful in my goal of making my 20 person team more efficient. It was much more academic that I anticipated. It was about very LARGE groups making very IMPORTANT decisions. But it was very interesting. I learned a lot about the way we think when we work in groups and how surprisingly intelligent and effective the unwashed masses can be. I learned that if I want people to agree with me, I should speak first. But if I want the best answer, I should probably speak last.

  • A

    For such a short book it was painful to get through. The authors took what seemed like fairly simple theories and made them unnecessarily complicated, providing excessive background and detail on each one.

  • Augusto Barros

    Very good book on how groups fail to perform, even performing worse than individuals in some cases. It also shows how to mitigate some of those problems and also situations where groups can really provide better results. A very good addition to the behavioral economics library!

  • Joseph Robert

    This book is an insightful and very engaging work on the dynamics of group decision-making. I'd totally recommend it for people who are keen to comprehend why and how groups and organization make the best/worst choice(s) they made.

  • Charles Beierle

    Great source of information on how decisions are made.Lots of clear examples, well documented and explained. Require concentration and reason -,- not always for the casual reader. Still very good.

  • Miriam Holsinger

    It was good and contained some information I haven't read elsewhere. However, the first half of the book reminded me of many other "how our brains work" books I have read - probably good since not everyone who reads this will have read all of those books but it did make for a speedy read.

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