We are Devil’s Advocates

We apply structure to the uncertainty of a chaotic world, in order to enable people to create authentic strategies and align their businesses to them.

Why we are Devil’s Advocates

The Devil’s Advocate originated from the process of ensuring quality control when making decisions during the beatification and canonisation of saints. During the counter-reformation the Roman Church sought to recognise only those saints who would be able to intercede with God in Heaven.

In 1587, Pope Sixtus V formally established the position of advocatus diaboli as the officer charged with ensuring that the case in favour of a saint was sound.

The Devil’s Advocate prevents inappropriate decisions, by imposing intellectually sound structure on process, overcoming biases, and demanding that any difficulties or doubts must be satisfactorily answered.

Their duty was seen as difficult but necessary. This term has since moved into the secular world, where sometimes the mantle of the Devil’s Advocate is assumed by those who express contentious opinions.

Devil’s Advocacy is a disciplined form of scrutinising that refines debate and tests the strength of opposing arguments. In the 21st Century the heads of alternative analysis at the US Central Intelligence Agency, and Defense Intelligence Agency; and at the British Joint Intelligence Organisation; were christened The Devil’s Advocate.

With a steady mind-set and a creative cocktail of methodologies, we are catalysts in building teams’ capabilities, empowering them to align and operate strategically without letting go of their own authenticity.

Our route to relationships

We are handpicked by sharp forward-thinkers at the core of their organisations.

We assist in bolstering the client’s leadership, and their trusted team’s unique synergy. We facilitate in preparing businesses for the future, by enhancing their knowledge and value networks – and not stripping away the resources they have.

In sum, we love engaging with brilliant decision makers and visionary leaders who are accountable for the strategic imperatives of businesses, to lead the dynamic deployment and operations of their resources and understanding.

Our route to relationships

We are handpicked by sharp forward-thinkers at the core of their organisations.

We assist in bolstering the client’s leadership, and their trusted team’s unique synergy. We facilitate in preparing businesses for the future, by enhancing their knowledge and value networks – and not stripping away the resources they have.

In sum, we love engaging with brilliant decision makers and visionary leaders who are accountable for the strategic imperatives of businesses, to lead the dynamic deployment and operations of their resources and understanding.

Scope of working with us

Those in charge of any kind of organisation, programme or business unit, need to have their own visions of a ‘required future state’: that is, where or what the business needs to be in an appropriate time frame.

We help refine this clarity of vision through careful calibrations and interactions. As expert navigators, we understand the power of the gales which can smash carefully-made plans. We create opportunities to truly shape your course, rather than being tossed by the chaotic power of the sea.

Accepting invitations to go on a journey with our clients means we are their counsellors, and not subordinates: We can guide and coach without being beholden. With symbiotic collaboration, we are better equipped to understand and manoeuvre through the disrupted realities ahead.

To prepare for constantly evolving futures, we inoculate ourselves from the shocks that come with uncertainty and the discontinuous storms of future history.

We help you gain situational awareness of a range of plausible futures through horizon scanning and scenario developments;

We help you understand how these futures project onto realistic frameworks and identify operational capabilities;

We help you analyse likely consequences of these futures on their work and consider options for change; and

We distil for you an inventory of sharp adjustments and useful action points

We help you gain situational awareness of a range of plausible futures through horizon scanning and scenario developments;

We help you understand how these futures project onto realistic frameworks and identify operational capabilities;

We help you analyse likely consequences of these futures on their work and consider options for change; and

We distil for you an inventory of sharp adjustments and useful action points

There are burning platforms everywhere

You are probably on one

Are you fully aware of the realistic choices available to you?

The future is subject to discontinuities, uncertainties and biases of perception. How do you direct the passions sparked by ideas and concepts?

We consolidate the wisdom to understand, organise, deliver and evaluate your options.

We have the habit of working on a long list of ‘What’s Next’:

‘When do we start?’ Timing the post-Covid Restoration

Auditable Scenario Analysis for climate-related financial disclosures

The Near Future of Corporate Law

The Creative Renaissance of Education

The Practical Future of Work

The New Guard of General Counsel

About Lynette Nusbacher

Lynette Nusbacher MA DPhil (Oxon) is an expert on horizon scanning and strategy. She has a background in structured strategy and national security. She was part of the team that created two of the UK’s National Security Strategies as part of Britain’s National Security Secretariat. She has been Senior Lecturer in War Studies, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst; Head of the Strategic Horizons Unit in the UK Cabinet Office; and the Devil’s Advocate to Britain’s Joint Intelligence Committee.

Lynette coaches, mentors, supervises coaches, and speaks publicly in person and through television.

The world may take you from A to B to C, but rarely in a straight line.

The flame tree, Delonix regia, represents our organic, resilient and exciting approach to our work.

A healthy tree is structured, but organically shaped to thrive in changing environments. Its growth seems unpredictable and apparently random, but it responds to seen and unseen factors in its environment. It is sufficiently rigid, but also sufficiently flexible.

Get in touch

We have a network of brilliant people around the globe who ensure that we never become slaves of our own corporate culture. At the centre of this web is a core of intellectual and conceptual excellence. Let’s have an honest conversation about how we get to tomorrow. You’ll come away with a sheaf of action points.