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Group Dynamics

Postby Bob » Sun Jan 05, 2014 9:12 am

An extremely interesting article on how group dynamics and heuristics can affect decision making and lead to disaster: ... ffb9c.html

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At a debriefing, the group criticized itself.

“We lacked protocol and discipline,” Tarbox said. “We let our guard down. We varied from our original plan. We got baited.”

The group was too big and doubters didn’t speak up, he said. There wasn’t a designated leader.

“Even though seeing the guides up on Cody gave me false security, they are not to blame for our bad decisions, mistakes,” Tarbox said.

He said he likes to proclaim backcountry slopes “guilty” until he can prove they are innocent of avalanche danger.

“I think the thing we really lacked was evidence,” he said. “We didn’t have the evidence to ski that.
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