Question of The Day: This is always present in meetings

The Halo Effect

The Halo Effect is essentially when someone goes along with a group decision even when they have a different view.

They feel that they are the only one with that different view since no one else is saying anything. They rationalize that their view must be wrong or incorrect.

Most people when questioned about the decision individually admit that they did not completely agree with it, but went along with it  because no one else was saying anything.

If your running a meeting:

Do you give people multiple opportunities to speak up?

Do people have permission to challenge ideas?

Is there typically a lot of discussion around new ideas?


The next time your in a meeting and no one is expressing resistance to a new idea or way of doing things dig deeper to see if the halo effect is in full force.

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