Boss's Tip of the Day: Devil's Advocate
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If you're a boss, you know that every day is a challenge to do better. This tip is based on the same research I used to develop my programs and the Working Supervisor's Support Kit .
When the Roman Catholic Church considers a person for sainthood, they appoint a Promoter of the Faith, popularly called the Devil's Advocate, to argue against sainthood. When you're considering a major change you should appoint a Devil's Advocate to argue against it.
Your team members may develop counterarguments, too. But appointing a Devil's Advocate gives you three important benefits.
You have one person on the team whose job is to take the contrary position.
A Devil's Advocate breaks the shackles of groupthink and gives others permission to oppose an idea.
A Devil's Advocate is likely to come up with facts, examples, and arguments that should be considered.
If you have a copy of the Working Supervisor's Support Kit , you'll find more on this in the chapter titled "Some Basic Principles."
Wally's Working Supervisor's Support Kit is a collection of information and tools to help working supervisors do a better job. It's based on what Wally's learned in over twenty years of supervisory skills training. Click here to check it out.