Analytics Strategist

February 24, 2009

get out of group think

Filed under: Business, Random Thoughts — Tags: , — Huayin Wang @ 5:24 pm

Sometimes our over-confidence of our own expertise may prevent us from finding the right solution for a problem.  After all, we do not know what we do not know.  The recent web 2.0 movement that arms us with all the capabilities to listen, publish, and connect to our peers and people “like me” may have actually exasperated the situation.

The new challenge now is: how to get out of groupthink.  Popular opinion is not necessarily the right thing to spread around, and popular support is not a confirmation of getting something right.

Sometime it helps to step back from our narrow vision and awareness and immediate interest and local network of friends, to realize that the world is bigger than we thought and all the smart people are not in our profession and solutions to our problem may already be there in the open. 

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