Thursday, July 30, 2015
Timing of the Devil's Advocate
As this blog's readers know, I'm a proponent of Devils advocacy as a mechanism for enhancing decision-making effectiveness. However, some teams make a crucial mistake with regard to the timing of the devil's advocate. Specifically, they allow one or more people to begin playing the role of devil's advocate too early in the decision process. That early critique actually suppresses idea and alternative generation. The best teams wait to critique ideas. They begin by focusing on generating a wide range of options. Then they begin engaging in critical analysis.