Have you ever had an idea that after a few meetings fell by the way side? The conversation goes:-
I have an idea..
Its a great idea BUT
Is it in the Budget?
Does it fit in the corporate guidelines?
Waht is the pay back period?
Have we got a feasibility study?
We tried that 5 years ago - it didn't work
Can't see the Board approving it..
Well, it was just as idea...
Playing devils advocate can be a good thing but what about being an "angels advocate"? With this approach you find out how you could make it work. Meetings are often full of the devils advocates which drains energy...why don't you play this more positive role and see how people react? It gives a positive message ideas are great...lets see if we can make it work!