4.2 Dynamics of Group Decision-Making

Course Overview

Do you dread meetings, or love them? It may often feel like it’s easier to make decisions by yourself rather than as part of a group, but while that may seem to take less time, in this course, we want to discuss how groups can indeed be smart, dynamic, and the source of good decisions. Groups — rather than individuals alone — have been shown to think more widely about decisions and consider more options — which often lead to better outcomes! That doesn’t mean that group decision – making is always a walk in the park. However, group dynamics can be difficult under the influence of strong personalities, weak processes and factors like time pressure which lead to groupthink. Clarity, intention and clear process are essential to making good group decisions, along with prepared group members, encouraged group participation and documented group input, all working together to lead to the best possible outcome. In this course, you’ll learn how to support the groups you are part of in making smarter and more informed decisions together.

Introductory Video

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, you will understand the following:

  • Why group decisions are important
  • How to make decisions that are beneficial to the entire group
  • Pitfalls to avoid when making decisions as a group
  • What brainstorming is and how it can be utilized for effective group decision-making

Study Guide (Optional)

We know that different people like to learn in different ways. If you like to write notes as you work through a course, here’s a handy study guide (.PDF) for you, in printable or “fillable” form. Use the printable version if you would like to print out the study guide and write down your notes. Or, if you prefer to use a PDF reader you can take notes on your favorite handheld device using the “fillable” version. 

Dynamics of Group Decision-Making Study Guide – Printable

Dynamics of Group Decision-Making Study Guide – Fillable PDF