Leadership: “Tell the Devil’s Advocate to Go to Hell”
“Tell the devil’s advocate to go to hell!” Straight from the pen of Tom Kelley, General Manager of Ideo and author of The Ten Faces Of Innovation. And isn’t he absolutely right? Isn’t the devil’s advocate the biggest innovation killer in America? Innovation is the lifeblood of all organizations, and the devil’s advocate is a toxic agent. Many in leadership still playing primarily with the left part of their brain still want to say, “Yes, but, but, but…”, but as our global race intensifies, it’s probably time to put a muzzle on the devil’s advocate and take it off only way down the road. When resources are being allocated between competing ideas and Darwinian selection takes over.