The Hidden Value of Debate
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Debates aid decision-making, and you may one day find yourself in the role of a judge needing to make the big decision. Survey the best way to communicate your reasons for a decision, starting with a short thesis statement followed by an explanation of your reasoning. As an example, consider…
When and How to Use Debate
Part of the Series: The Art of Debate
Debate gives you an honest assessment of an idea, and is therefore a powerful decision-making tool. Here, Professor Atchison walks you through the structure of a formal debate and explores when debate can help you the most. As you will learn, big and future-oriented decisions are ripe for formal discussion.
Winning the Cocktail Party
Part of the Series: The Art of Debate
Formal debates have clear structures, but we often debate ideas in informal settings - unpredictable, complicated, ambiguous conversations with blurred lines between judges and participants. Conclude your course with a few handy tips for how to win a debate at a cocktail party - and when to bow out of…
Debate Jujitsu: Flipping the Warrant
Part of the Series: The Art of Debate
In many great debates, there is a devastating moment where one side clearly out-maneuvers the other. "Flipping the warrant," which requires the highest level of analytic argument, allows you to destroy your opponent's argument by showing that their proposal, rather than solving a problem, will actually make things worse.
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Production operations are the greatest value-adding activity in all of business. Whether you're making the product yourself or through others, explore the decisions involved in successful production operations, and get a glimpse at developments to look for in the future, including 3-D printing and reshoring.
Conditional Argumentation
Part of the Series: The Art of Debate
Although they are two separate fields, the art of debate sometimes employs formal logic with great success. In this lecture, see how "conditional argumentation," a way of employing if-then statements to argue a point, lets you acknowledge a point without agreeing to it - a line of argument that pairs…
The Values-Based Leader - With Harry Kraemer
Part of the Series: Stanford Executive Briefings
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  • The four essential principles of values-based leadership.
  • How to identify your core values and what matters most to you.
  • Focus on doing the right thing rather than being right all the time.
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Poor communication costs money. And it's not just money that's wasted; it's energy, enthusiasm for the job and relationships as well. In this age of empowerment and shared accountability for the bottom line, everyone must take responsibility for communicating clearly. This program demonstrates four practical, effective techniques for improving communication…
The Stanford Video Guide to Negotiating
This true-to-life drama teaches specific skills that can give you the upper hand in any negotiation, while at the same time maintaining a positive working relationship with the other parties. Learn:
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  • Why "anchors" control the…
The Proposition: Choosing What to Debate
Part of the Series: The Art of Debate
Now that you know when to debate, shift your attention to what to debate. The "proposition" - the idea up for debate - is one of the most important concepts to understand, and in this lecture, you will survey how to structure the proposition most effectively - and consider who…
Do I Know You? - Prospective New Employees
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Playing to Win by A.G. Lafley & Roger L. Martin - How Strategy Really Works
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  • Why your goal must be winning, not just playing well.
  • Choosing the right metrics to support your strategy.
Most companies aren't winning today--not because of the economy, rapid change, or rising complexity. It's because they confuse strategy with vision and…