The lost art of the debate (Editorial)

By John Hobel
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/18/2002

Whatever happened to civil debates? They seem to have disappeared along with the appreciation of fair and accurate information. Replaced by an era of conduct your own self-serving survey.

With businesses pursuing teamwork environments where innovation is encouraged through the consideration of a wide-range of views and ideas, HR professionals should start wondering about the ominous tone the public discussion of ideas has taken.

In the fabled time of upper-crust English manners, debates were solemn affairs conducted in the halls of revered institutions such as Oxford and Cambridge, where formal rules ensured well-reasoned arguments took precedence over boorish one-upmanship.