Stop Listening to the “Devil’s Advocate”

In every creative or leadership meeting there’s a “devil’s advocate.” No matter how great your idea, there’s always someone who pops in with “Let me just play the devil’s advocate for a minute…” And then proceeds to trash your concept. This will be a short blog, because here’s your answer:

Stop listening, and get him or her out of the room.  There’s plenty of hoops you’ll dance through and obstacles to overcome to make your idea happen, so the last thing you need is a “devil’s advocate” on top of all that. Most of these folks wouldn’t know a creative idea if it hit them in the head.  They’re not creative themselves, so this is their chance to get noticed.  So avoid them. Better yet – get them off the team and out of the room.

Creative ideas have a tough enough battle being born. Ditch the devil’s advocates in your life. Trust me – you don’t need them.

Photo by Alex Mihai C on Unsplash

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  1. I told some folks just the other day, that I am perfectly adept at seeing the obstacles.  I seldom need any help with that.  

    What I need are some people that will creatively help make  huge, seemingly impossible, visions come to pass.  I am very grateful to have a team that understands that and often operates in it.

  2. The Lord spoke this in my spirit a few weeks ago! He said “there is a difference between a voice of reason and a devil’s advocate. One speaks in the best interest of you and the other in the interests of the devil. Don’t give ear to the voice speaking on behalf of the devil.”

    Great blog!!!

  3. Very good, and I do agree, but let me play devil’s advocate for a moment…


    We all need help from other wise colleagues in predicting potential hurdles and obstacles that might arise while executing our plans. So long as everyone knows that they are welcome to offer specific and CONSTRUCTIVE input to help assure success– knowing that I am not obligated to utilize their input– there is little harm and potential great value in this.

    Avoiding the term “devil’s advocate” is probably a good idea as it invites a destructive paradigm. “Now, let’s take a look at possible challenges we might not anticipate so we can help guarantee success with this. Anybody see any potential obstacles we’ve not addressed yet?”, might be a worthwhile approach.

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