Challenging Plans or Ideas: The Ritual Dissent Approach

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Challenging Plans or Ideas: The Ritual Dissent Approach
Gary Wong, Consultant, Canada, SIG Leader
When facilitating strategic planning sessions, I often will use a Cognitive-Edge Inc. workshop method called: 'Ritual Dissent'.
It is designed to test and enhance proposals, ideas, plans through challenge - what is wrong, why it won't work, downsides, risk exposure, etc. It is a forced listening technique, not a dialogue or discourse.

The Ritual Dissent approach involves a spokesperson presenting to a table group who receives them in silence. The spokesperson then turns the chair around so that his/her back is to the audience and listens in silence while the group tears into it with full pessimism. Since the ritualization of not facing the audience removes eye contact, the feedback is not taken as an personal attack. It also helps with depersonalization when there are several table groups with spokespersons going the same process simultaneously. Spokespersons who are forced to listen in silence without ...Sign up

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Jaap de Jonge, Editor, Netherlands
Thanks Gary for sharing these 2 interesting ways to focus on what is wrong with a plan or proposal, etc. Your article is concise and practical.
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Gregory Johnson, Coach, United States, Premium Member
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Gary Wong, Consultant, Canada, SIG Leader
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Ritual Dissent is Interesting Form of Feedback
Joseph Mohammed, Student (Other), Trinidad and Tobago, Member
Very interesting approach to feedback. Will have to see this in practical use to gauge viability, but the no eye contact is interesting and sho...Sign up

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Elaine Brown, Teacher, United Kingdom, Member
I work in the early year’s education sector; I agree this approach can develop staffs confidence to share ideas. Some staff are intimidated by ...Sign up

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KATHRYN STEINER, MBA, Entrepreneur, United States, Member
I like the Ritual Dissent approach and also find the Six Thinking hats interesting. I would think that corporations may not want to implement these ap...Sign up

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