The Collective Consciousness
Expanding on my Groupthink rant (terribly short,) I have yet more experiences that prove some of my earlier theories. It is a common occurance that micro phenomena can equal macro phenomena. Whether it be the tiny stretching and unstretching of polymers in 10W30 oil, or thousands of solar masses coming together to produce a black hole, the greater sum is always the result of many instances of lesser parts.
This point has been almost painfully made clear to me in the past few months, as I have watched the individual personality quirks of board members turn into a collective insanity. The sum really IS greater than its parts. From an unwillingness to oppose someone lest that person later oppose you, to the building of one silly idea upon another, groups of people do not often make good decisions.
I remember way back in college, in a management class, we were treated to the "groupthink lecture," that is, the teacher was going to prove the superiority of thinking in a group, rather than as individuals. We were given a long list of seemingly random items, and asked to rank our idea of how good of an item they would make if we were to be stranded in the arctic wilderness. Of course, individually, we scored less than the group, if only because the teacher attempted to guide us through the "group" session a bit better. More about this tomorrow!