How to avoid swarm-thinkingSwarms don’t think; they react.
"Studies on group think, or herd mentality show that humans and other animals like fish, buffalo, and birds collectively respond to environmental changes with very low levels of cognition. Large groups are often led, not by the proactive choices of each individual, but by a large collection of dull responses.That’s what fitting in does to you – it puts you in the middle of a large, dull blob that can only react to its environment. You might think that adding a bunch of really smart individuals to a group would correct this issue, but it doesn’t.
Research on leadership and decision-making found that adding more intelligent people to a group does not help the group achieve its goals any faster. For example, a group of 200 people will perform the same whether 10 or 100 of them are intelligent." http://buff.ly/N7GlMt#leadership