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DESIGNATE A “DEVIL’S ADVOCATE” FOR YOUR MEETINGS

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DESIGNATE A “DEVIL’S ADVOCATE” FOR YOUR MEETINGS

The New York Times quotes Kevin Lofton, CEO of Catholic Health Initiatives, about an innovative role for one meeting member:

“In our senior management meetings, we appoint a designated devil’s advocate. So if we’re discussing a critical issue, we’ll appoint someone–and the role rotates–to be the devil’s advocate, no matter what their personal point of view is. That helps us avoid groupthink.”
The next time your group makes a high-stakes decision, try this out. Then write to me and let me know how it goes!
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