This year my family switched to Crystal Mountain Ski resort, but for the last 4 years we skied at Stevens Pass where the Avalanche disaster took three people's lives.
We checked with some of our Stevens Pass friends it was a somber day on the mountain as many knew someone in the group.
One of the points made in the CNN article
Think about this, the editor-in-chief of Elevation Outdoors would be with these people skiing. Is this a decision or a group-think mindset?
- Group members stereotype non-members and label them as enemies or outsiders not worth negotiating with or worrying about
- People hesitate to air any discomfort, doubts or uncertainties they feel about the group decisions or policies, so that consensus seems unanimous
- Reluctant to shatter complacency group members do not bring information or evidence that does not conform to the groups expectations and stereotypes to the groups attention
- The group discusses only a few alternatives and reaches a decision quickly concentrating only on good points
- The group feels invulnerable leading to excessive optimism and risk taking
- The group ignores or rationalises warnings or signs that it is operating under false assumptions, making poor decisions or developing poor strategy
- There is strong pressure on group members to conform to group norms
Many disasters are caused by group-think. Consider this when you build your data center teams. How many data center disasters have group-think as a major cause?
My wife and I never ski back-country, because it is not worth the risk. I don't think we have super human strength, and no technology is going to save you if something really bad happens. Skiing fresh powder in low traffic areas may be a thrill, but other than your ego being satisfied, does it do any really good?
When we ski with our kids we are always telling them they need to ski with a buddy and be safe. and, they are skiing faster than mom and dad now.