Everyone has heard the phrase “Two heads are better than one“. I’m going to say that, when it comes to being a manager or leader, this isn’t always the case.

One of the problems we have with government is that, sometimes, there’s too many people with too many differing opinions to get anything done. Not only that, but the minority party rarely gets heard at all, and even if they have good ideas, sometimes the other party won’t even allow the recommendation to come to the floor, for fear of allowing someone from the other party to look good.

I have conducted many business meetings in my day, and I learned fairly early on that, though I wanted everyone to participate in the process, in the end I was going to have to be the one to make the ultimate decision. The hope is that, when multiple people give you input on a topic, that you’ll be able to take the good ideas and parse them together to do something good for everyone. But sometimes, you won’t hear anything that you feel is as good as what you are already thinking, and in that case you just might have to go with your first instinct. One would hope, however, that you at least understand the position everyone else is taking, whether you agree with them or not.

And, of course, there are those times when group think actually agrees on something that turns out to be a bad idea, and in those cases one can usually imagine that it was the concept that got everyone on the same page, and not the fact that it was a good idea. If there’s no one with any real knowledge of an issue, then no matter how many ideas are thrown out, most of them aren’t going to be any good. To whit, I share the video below:

I add two things here. One, though I’d have thought this was a terrible idea, the male in me would have probably wanted to see it. Two, I’m betting there wasn’t a single woman on the panel that okayed this; if there was, I bet it never would have gone through.