Connections - Fall 2015 - (Page 26)

Churchill, by the way, from what I've read, was one of the last politicians who could go into a chamber full of the opposition party-those rife with anger and predilections against his point of view-and by the logic of his argument and his eloquent defense-actually sway the minds and votes of the opposition. Those were the days of true debate. Churchill's mastery of leadership came from his mastery of sincere debate. He enjoyed the debate between the points of view; the bad guy leaders don't enjoy it. Maybe that's who good leaders really are: those who know the art of when to start and stop a debate. There's no doubt that in most cases a good debate, once started, is the best tool for great decision making. When I was in the military, one commander of mine would gather his officer team together in the briefing room and put a little board game spinning dial in the middle of the table. 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There was little exploration of the points of view. No real debate, not even decent cross examinations and no drive to get to the facts-especially any which might be unfriendly. Thus, there was no search for the truth, if that's what the facts could represent. I'm sure there were intellectual thoroughbreds among the congressmen, but they were strapped to the plow of insincere process. No one spun an honest wheel of dissent. I wasn't surprised really. I've seen it before many times. I hate to say it, but no Churchill will spring from here any time soon. No debate about that. continued from page 24 recreational amusements. There's the Promenade (252-261-4900) in Kitty Hawk, with its children's park, driving range, grass-putting area, water sports options, mini-golf course and arcades that are open year-round. And then there's Colington Speedway (252-480-9144) also in Kill Devil Hills, with its three tracks for two-seater and kiddie Naskarts. 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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Connections - Fall 2015

Message from the Chair
GSAE News & Events
New Members
Thank You, GSAE Volunteers!
SAO Leadership Program Strengthens Association on Multiple Levels
Attending Athens
Purpose, Plan, Performance
Member Perspectives: The Undeniable Significance of the Handwritten Note
GSAE Summer Events Wrap-Up
Destination: The Outer Banks
Choices: There’s No Debating Our Leaders
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Index of Advertisers

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