Previously I wrote that the Devil's Advocate was the killer of collaboration andinnovation. That is still true. But there is a proper tie and place for the Devil's Advocate.
In the Leader Challenge scenarios we do with the cadets for Leader Development
training the cadets are given a real life scenario described by the
protagonist. The cadets are asked to assume the identity and make a decision.
They are challenged with "What will you do?". This is where the
"Devil's Advocate" comes into play. The facilitators take on a
devil's advocate role during the Leader Challenge in order to create some
confusion in the cadets and to "unfreeze" their minds and get them to