What questions should a devil's advocate ask?Suppose your company has developed a new strategy, and you've been given the job of serving as devil's advocate (or as a member of a strategy review panel). How should you go about probing the strategy's soundness?
In an article in the September issue of the Harvard Business Review, Paul B. Carroll and Chunka Mui suggest a half dozen questions to ask:
- Is this a realistic strategy for long-term success?
- What can we learn from history?
- Do vital information and dissenting views about strategies reach decision makers?
- Have we assessed the true advantages and liabilities that come with scale?
- Have we considered all our options?
- Would we bet on it?