Decision-Making Best Practice 17 – Informal Advisors

StrategyDriven Decision Making ArticleDecision-making always possesses an element of uncertainty. And as the complexity of a decision increases, so does the risk of miscommunication, execution error, unanticipated conditions, and unintended consequences. StrategyDriven encourages the employment of a devil’s advocate to help mitigate such risks. (See StrategyDriven‘s best practice article – advocatus diaboli, The Devil’s Advocate and listen to the StrategyDriven PodcastThe Devil’s Advocate.) Unfortunately, even the staunchest contrarian may operate from an experience base closely aligned to the decision-making team; limiting the span of his or her challenges. Consequently, another mechanism is needed to provide the decision-maker with the complete set of challenges to his or her choices.


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