The class splits up into pairs (party A and party B).
11-8. Party A is to select a topic from the following list:
a. Managing in the Middle East is significantly different from managing in North America.
b. Employee turnover in an organization can be functional.
c. Some conflict in an organization is good.
d. Whistle-blowers do more harm than good for an organization.
e. An employer has a responsibility to provide every employee with an interesting and challenging job.
f. Everyone should register to vote.
g. Organizations should require all employees to undergo regular drug tests.
h. Individuals who majored in business or economics make better employees than those who majored in history or English.
i. The place where you get your college degree is more important in determining
your career success than what you learn while you’re there.
j. It’s unethical for a manager to purposely distort communications to get a favorable outcome.
11-9. Party B is to choose a position on this topic (for example, arguing against the view “Some conflict
in an organization is good”). Party A now must automatically take the opposite position. The two parties debate their topic. The catch is that the individuals can only communicate verbally. They may
not use gestures, facial movements, body movements, or any other nonverbal communication. It may help each party to sit on their hands to remind them of their restrictions and to maintain an expressionless look.
11-10. After the debate is over, form groups of six to eight and discuss the following:
a. How effective was communication during these debates?
b. What barriers to communication existed?
c. What purposes does nonverbal communication serve?
d. Relate the lessons learned in this exercise to problems that might occur when communicating on the telephone or through e-mail.
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