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Why Groups Struggle To Solve Problems Together

Harvard Business Review explains meeting dynamics and misalignments

Individuals move through 5 phases of problem solving intuitively, in a manner however that is unsystematic.

  1. Defining the problem
  2. Generating solutions
  3. Evaluating solutions
  4. Picking a solution
  5. Making a plan
  • This approach for individuals is not effective for groups in the context of meetings.
  • Without structured progress and common awareness, inputs offer different facets of the solution asynchronously.
  • The group must agree on which phase they are collectively working through.

Structured meetings with an agenda and prepared participants is where to start.


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