Don’t let your team become a ‘silent circle of assent’

When a school turns into an echo chamber in which alternative viewpoints are stifled, groupthink can lead to poor decision-making, so follow these tips to value ‘divas’ and foster ‘disrupters’, urges Nick Gallop

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Hackers, hair and hands: former FBI director James Comey’s revelations about Donald Trump’s White House were entertaining and alarming in equal measure. But Comey reserved arguably his most savage criticism for the process of presidential leadership itself, and the “silent circle of assent” that allowed allegiance and loyalty to override rational, critical approaches to decision-making.

Situations such as this are less rare than you might imagine. From MPs’ expenses to executive pay, from systemic failures in health and education policy to muddle-headed vanity projects (think “garden bridge ...

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