I ran the workshop for one of the professional organizations this morning. The topic was global leadership. I wanted to engage participants (it was a small group of some 10) and tried the debate.

One of the trend I have been interested lately is the impact of technology on different jobs. Some say that close to half of the current jobs will be replaced by machines. So I wanted to see how participants would react to the proposition, “Would xx job still exist in 10 years from now?” We divided them into Yes and No groups to prepare the argument to support their position. The discussion in each group was very active and the debate between the two groups was lively.

I felt that the debate format is a good way to stimulate the discussion and the selection of the topic is very important. I also learned from the debate regarding some aspects of their job. I hope the session was as stimulating and exciting to participants as to me.