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Never lose an argument again, using intellectual humility + debate skills
Hey there—Shane here with my monthly Snow Report!
It seems like every social network and the entirety of cable news is now one big angry debate these days. I don’t see that stopping anytime soon, unless Mr. Rogers comes back from the dead and wins the 2020 election after all the other politicians hug it out and retire.
In the event that that doesn’t happen, the skills of a) detecting b.s., and b) debating productively, are going to pay off more and more for us.
That’s why I’m excited about the latest episode of on Jordan Harbinger’s video show and podcast that I just went on. We discuss the tactics for spotting bad debate and how to debate better at work and in civil discourse—and Jordan made a whole worksheet you can use to master these skills!
The secret to never losing an argument again is simple, though not easy: set up every argument so “winning” means learning something from it. Depersonalize the argument, so it’s not about who’s right, but rather about digging through to truth, logic, and new ideas. Again, easier said than done, but it’s possible and powerful:
Check out the episode and worksheet about how to do that here: https://jordanharbinger.com/202
And speaking of getting better at debate and discourse—I’m rolling out my brand new Dream Teams training course at the Snow Academy this summer!
If you and/or your organization want to master the skills of teamwork, leadership, cognitive friction, and intellectual humility, you can check out what the course covers here, and you can go here to let me know that you’re interested in getting access to the course.
In the next Snow Report, we’re going to be discussing a related topic I’ve been obsessing over lately: power dynamics. I’m super excited to share with you what I’ve discovered on this increasingly timely subject!