The app itself is free, and I think it is worth getting.
The full version of the HBR is not free, but when you open the app, you can choose to get just the free content.
Why read it? It’s full of ideas about how groups work. And about how individuals overcome work problems to excel. There’s lots that can be applied to classes and departments, along with universities and oneself. And they are often enough relevant to our problems. For example, there was a lot of talk at the APA about how the discipline seems more and more bound by recently created canon. Perhaps in addressing the issue of ‘group think’, the HBR is saying something obvious to those engaged already with the problem. Still, I can imagine lots of uses of this passage, which provides an interesting foundation for an argument for diversity:
We all prize “thinking outside the box.” But let’s be honest: we rarely do it. One reason for our inaction is the people we surround ourselves with. We talk to the same colleagues, correspond with like-minded people, and seek out the same experts again and again. The result, of course, is groupthink. So how can we prevent this from happening? Instead of being more social, we should try to be more curious.
The downside is that you start to understand the mistakes that degrade the quality of universities. Good leaders, for example, tend not to put themselves first. They don’t leave people affected by a situation out of the relevant decision making. Wow!