July 02, 2009

Groups: The Power of "Many"

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has."

Margaret Mead
American Cultural Anthropologist

Change the world. And we're just talking about changing our business.

Are you part of a "small group of thoughtful, committed citizens" in your business?


  1. From time to time I am while at other times I don't think those I work with are.

    Of course they could be thinking the same thing about me I suppose.

    What's strange is that for the last 5 years or so it's largely been the same group

  2. The trick is, all in the group must be committed to the same thing and that doesn't often happen. They think they are but it is the subtle differences that kill them.

  3. I trust I am, but how can I be sure I am supporting the right change?

    Many small groups have also changed the world (and businesses) for worse.

  4. samuli - i don't think you can ever be sure that you or the group are supporting the 'right' change.

    i think the key to the team/group approach is that it hopefully serves as a good hedge against bad decision making because in theory, if you have a productive team that's 1) committed to the same cause 2) open and willing to discuss varying views and opinions and 3) biased towards action, you will tend to make more thoughtful and informed decisions.