Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Taking On The Devil's Advocate Role In The Classroom

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 really think.

Leadership Counts!!! 

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