People who lack talent for engaging opposing views sometimes claim to act as devil’s advocate to bring out the other side. Sadly we’ve inserted devil’s advocate roles into sacred-cow-structures that cling to traditions and kill innovation. The problem?
Lack of sincerity and missed opportunities rob progress for creating together.
In contrast to pretending you hold positions you don’t believe for the sake of argument, what if you opt for a caring catalyst’s stance, instead?
Would cynicism and other workplace toxins decrease if we challenged broken systems by proposing innovative opportunities?
What if we exchanged workplace strategies that tear down – such as “devil’s advocate” roles – for promoters of an innovative process that leads opposing views forward together?
Could the shift to caring challenger offer much more innovative segues into wider workplace profits?
Susan Alexander illustrates how to articulate good ideas – and then extend personal views with wisdom on the other sides.
Why do we settle for Devil’s Advocate?