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Evaluate Traditions While Leading Change

Evaluate Traditions While Leading Change | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Our most important job right now is to manage the raising of standards and educational rigor while protecting the space and attention given to the social emotional aspects of learning.
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It is important to find a harmony and integration between what traditions are retained and which ones are adapted. There is an "in-between" component here that mindfulness and awareness are important to help us move forward.

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Complexity, chaos, and ambiguity are aspects of leadership and learning. Without those we cannot innovate and create.
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Why It's Time To Put Students In The Driver's Seat

Why It's Time To Put Students In The Driver's Seat | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Think about how you or the people you work with approach the creation of a blended learning lesson plan. The first steps of coming up with and flushing out your initial idea. Then, scouring the web to find safe, factually accurate sites that are not blocked by your school filters and checking the fine print …

 

This method of teaching does require a certain amount of bravery. There is a very real chance that when a student asks you a question (How do I add media? How do I change the font? How do I import pictures? etc. etc.) you will have to say the dreaded “I don’t know”. But the neat thing is, your students are ok with this. You’re all learning as you go. More often than not another child in the class will be using the same site or will have at least used it before. If a classmate knows the answer, they can step into the role of teacher – from which much confidence is gained and leadership skills are learned.


Even the most reserved kid really enjoys teaching their teacher a trick or two. If no one knows the answer, they can collaborate to find the solution; an activity that provides important life skills with many real-world applications. All while leaving the initiative, process development and ownership of the learning itself right where it belongs, in the hands of the learners.


Gust MEES: I started with it in 2002 already and was a pioneer in my country, BUT I got BEST results! Make sure to work TOGETHER as a TEAM with the students, learners, create ALSO some groups where the BEST work together with the weakest. YOU will love it later and YOU will miss it as it gives YOU a direct feedback of WHAT THEY learned and YOU adjust on demand and necessity... WHEN the BEST feel boring, give THEM a special task to motivate THEM ;) ===> Adjust <===.


Concerning the questions from the students, please check my advice here:


http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/practice-better-ways-to-say-i-dont-know-in-the-classroom/


http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2012/05/02/work-sheet-teachers-best-practiceshowto/



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I am not sure what is being suggested is putting students in charge. It is more about a complicated conversation between teachers and students about the subject matter. There is an in-between space where teachers and students meet.

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Gust MEES's comment, May 28, 2014 7:18 PM
@Ivon Prefontaine, PhD I will take it is a priority to create THAT blog, stay tuned, please ;)
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I am not sure what is being suggested is putting students in charge. It is more about a complicated conversation between teachers and students about the subject matter. There is an in-between space where teachers and students meet.

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How to Stay Focused When You’re Working from Home

How to Stay Focused When You’re Working from Home | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

No commute. No drive-by meetings. No dress code. Remote working can seem like a dream — until personal obligations get in the way. These distractions are easy to ignore in an office, but at home it can be difficult to draw the line between personal and professional time.

 

Consider when you’re working on a project and get a call from a friend. You know you need to finish your work, but you feel rude for not talking when you technically could. Or think about when you’re planning your daily to-do list, but also need to decide when you’ll squeeze in your personal commitments. Taking the time to put a few loads of laundry in the washer midday can seem like a quick task — until you find yourself making up that work time late at night. In the end, it’s never entirely clear when you’re really “on” or “off.”


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This is of personal interest to me, as I do most of my work at home.
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The Learning Factor's curator insight, November 19, 5:26 PM

Create “office hours,” and stick to them.

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 few good tips for this home shored . I would add... build in a commute (even a walk to your office ) , get ready for work like to would if you drive to work.. keep office hours ... take logical breaks and walks ...Lunch etc... work from a task list.

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Forget All the Writer Advice and Write Your Face Off. You’re Welcome.

Forget All the Writer Advice and Write Your Face Off. You’re Welcome. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Today is the eve of National Novel Writing Month. You in? Try it… if anything, it teaches you how to start and finish something, and working with deadlines. Let your imagination run wild like when…

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Makes sense.
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Penelope's curator insight, November 14, 10:22 PM
If you're inside the flurry of NaNoWriMo, you may need a pick-me-up about right now. I especially love this one:

Let your imagination run wild like when you we’re a child. Before the fear and uncertainty and paying the bills were a thing. Forget about all the adult stuff that sucked out the child inside and the awe and wonder!

And just write! 

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David Stapleton's curator insight, November 16, 7:36 PM
I agree write your face off enjoy your gift and let it explode
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The 10 Writing Quotes that Shape My Writing Process

The 10 Writing Quotes that Shape My Writing Process | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Those were the golden words from my mentor, two years back. They have helped me achieve the following milestones: But the journey is not done yet. It is mine to undertake every single day, and these…
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The two Ernest Hemingway quotes are excellent.
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How Famous Writers Overcome Writer’s Block and Reawaken Their Creativity

How Famous Writers Overcome Writer’s Block and Reawaken Their Creativity | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Some writers argue that “writer’s block” isn’t real. It’s just an excuse to use when we’d rather procrastinate than get to work on our writing projects. There’s a quote attributed to William Faulkner…
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The seven ideas come from a variety of authors: Maya Angelou, Neil Gaiman, and John Steinbeck. They range from setting time aside and letting writing be a stream-of-consciousness process to stepping away from writing for a few days to writing to a person.
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New Green advocates – The Economist – Medium

New Green advocates – The Economist – Medium | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
In February a tribunal in Kirkenes, in Norway’s far north, ruled that oil extraction in the Barents Sea was illegal. The courtroom — an auditorium sculpted from 190 tonnes of ice — and the verdict…
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Protecting the enviroment is both a local and global effort. It is interesting that the case occurs in Norway, which is the birth place of deep ecology.
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These 20 Books are Worth Re-Reading – The Mission – Medium

No matter how you designate it (as a large book or series) this group of books includes: Antifragile, The Black Swan, Fooled by Randomness, and The Bed of Procrustes. Even though Fat Tony is now…
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There are some books I would read multiple times i.e. Nassem Taleb, Alice Miller, and Joseph Campbell, but not all of them i.e. Ayn Rand, Peter Thiel, and Thomas Sowell.
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Learn About the Elements of Basic Plot for Beginning Writers

Learn About the Elements of Basic Plot for Beginning Writers | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Most writers study the elements of plot and pay serious attention to how to successfully construct a narrative. Here's what to keep in mind.

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A short, easy to use post I would have liked to have in my classroom.
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Penelope's curator insight, October 24, 8:54 PM
In my Future Learn course of Fiction Writing, one of our lessons was on plotting. Their simple formula was character + conflict = plot. Of course, there isn't just one way to craft a story, but for first time writers, this might just be the easiest.

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The surprising science of happiness

The surprising science of happiness | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Dan Gilbert, author of "Stumbling on Happiness," challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our "psychological immune system" lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned.

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This was part of a PhD course I took. Dan Gilbert's work is fascinating. It is not just about being happy. It recognizes that we will be unhappy and what that means. How do we overcome trauma and challenging situations?
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Do you know what makes you happy? Or are you misdirecting yourself?

Ian Berry's curator insight, October 20, 6:59 PM
Love David Hain's questions Do you know what makes you happy? Or are you misdirecting yourself?
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A Conceptual Framework for Ecological Economics Based on Systemic Principles of Life | Fritjof Capra

A Conceptual Framework for Ecological Economics Based on Systemic Principles of Life | Fritjof Capra | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

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Chaos and complexity theory can play an essential role in ecology and an economy of ecology. Wendell Berry reminds us that economy is about keeping a good house.
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leadership is helping make the network smarter

leadership is helping make the network smarter | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

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In a world that is increasingly complex, new forms of leading i.e. servant-leadership, emergent-leadership, collective-leadership are essential. It is ironic a president was elected who eschews all of these and clings to the narcissitic view of the positon and/or person dictating (I use the word intentionally) who leads.

I understand teaching and leading as being synonomous through etymology i.e. educate, andragogy, and pedagogy
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Project-based Learning and Presentations

Project-based Learning and Presentations | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Transform student project presentations into presentations of learning with feedback and reflection.
Via Monica S Mcfeeters, juandoming, Stephania Savva, Ph.D
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Well thought out project-based learning engages students and lets them be responsible for their learning. I began each year with Science Fairs. I let students choose their projects and partner up as needed. Frequently, the projects involved other students to gather data. I had students describe why they choice a topic.

They surprised me with the complexity of choices they made. The results did not always support their hypotheses, but I asked them to reflect on what might have happened. When they presented, they provided insight into what might have impacted results and where they might take this.
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What Comes After Democracy? – Breathe Publication – Medium

What Comes After Democracy? – Breathe Publication – Medium | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
If I said that the United States operates on the principles of individual freedom, and gives the utmost importance to protecting those core freedoms, you’d probably agree right? And that these…
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We have not really had democracy. The closest we come is when small groups get together and make choices. The article explores what freedom means in a broad context and is interesting. It points out that with more complex algorithms machines will continue to replace humans in their daily jobs. What does that mean for leading, teaching, and learning.

Freedom or what we think is freedom does not really exist. It is contingent upon biological, economic, technological, etc. factors. The first one is tied into identity and refers to Alan Watts' concept of identity as fluid. What we think of us static identity is the "I" and only exists abstractly. It is similar to Paul Ricoeur's idem identity as opposed to a fluid state of consciousness, the ipse identity.
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We Have a Crisis in Leadership

We Have a Crisis in Leadership | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Image courtesy of Pixabay Why is employee engagement at an all-time low? Why is turnover as high as it is? Why are employees constantly looking for better opportunities? When you think about those qu…

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We have had one for some time. We conflate leading and managing. We also have poor models of leadership i.e. bullies.
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Six Emotional Leadership Styles: Choosing the Right Style for the Situation

Six Emotional Leadership Styles: Choosing the Right Style for the Situation | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Six different styles of leadership (Visionary, Coaching, Affiliative, Democratic, Commanding, and Pacesetting) stem from emotional intelligence.

Via Dean J. Fusto
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I think the styles (visionary, coaching, affiliative, democratic, commanding, and pacesetting) overlap and interact in fluid ways.

To educate and be a pedagogue is to lead and form relationships with those we teach and work with.
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The Power of Stories: Why We Need More Than Facts to Win

The Power of Stories: Why We Need More Than Facts to Win | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
''You cannot take away someone's story without giving them a new one.''

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Stories appeal to our emotions.
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Five explorative writing exercises that will surprise you about yourself

Five explorative writing exercises that will surprise you about yourself | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
As my daily writing experiments have shown, he is right. Writing can reveal a lot about the world and ourselves. Until recently, I treated writing as a practical means of getting ideas on paper. It…
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Through writing, we can explore the world we inhabit, imagine what the world might be, propose solutions to problems, be thankful for what we have, and create a fictional world and characters.
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Writing in the Cracks of Life – The Writing Cooperative

Writing in the Cracks of Life – The Writing Cooperative | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Everyone gets 24 hours, 1440, minutes, and 86,400 seconds per day. No amount of hustle, worry, experimentation, or time travel can change these numbers. All humanity on a level playing field in the…
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Leonard Cohen wrote that light comes in through cracks.
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Love the phrase and the imagery "cracks of life." Write on.

Penelope's curator insight, November 7, 7:54 PM
Love the metaphor "cracks of life." Once you read this, you'll be searching for those unplugged cracks all over the place! Find them and write on!

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Friedrich Nietzsche: Why Life Isn’t Meaningless – Personal Growth – Medium

Friedrich Nietzsche: Why Life Isn’t Meaningless – Personal Growth – Medium | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
He had been sick for over a decade before his death as a side effect of a mental breakdown. Fortunately, in the years before that, he sealed his legacy with an impressive library of work. Friedrich…
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Friedrich Nietzsche's book The Will to Power was heavily edited by others and published after this death. As noted in the article, how he understood power was broad and began with one's ability to control one's self. There is a mystical quality to that thinking. In controlling one's self, we understand "this too shall pass."
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The Human Brain Builds Structures in 11 Dimensions, Discover Scientists

The Human Brain Builds Structures in 11 Dimensions, Discover Scientists | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Groundbreaking research finds that the human brain creates multi-dimensional neural structures.

Via Stephania Savva, Ph.D
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This research-based article points to the wonderful complexity of the human brain and how it processes information.
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What it Means to Serve Others: The Mark of a Servant Leader – The Mission

What it Means to Serve Others: The Mark of a Servant Leader – The Mission | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
I spoke recently to a good friend who told me a story about the leader that was just hired to take over her organization. This new director…
Via Bobby Dillard, Penelope
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Being a servant first is hard work as a leader. The concept of servant-leadership was articulated by Robert Greenleaf and has many roots i.e. Quaker faith, Taoist principles, Gandhi, etc.

It would seem to me that teaching is an ideal way of serving and leading, but I see little evidence of it.
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Penelope's curator insight, October 7, 2016 1:33 PM
What an inspiring read, and a reminder that not all are cut out to be great leaders. First, you must serve, then others will go out of their way to serve you.

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Lifestyle changes, not a magic pill, can reverse Alzheimer's

Lifestyle changes, not a magic pill, can reverse Alzheimer's | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
A new approach to the treatment of Alzheimer's suggests instituting lifestyle changes that optimize metabolic parameters are more effective than drugs.

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Good health and good habits are essential to prevention.
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malek's curator insight, October 20, 8:04 PM

The situation is analogous in kind, if not quite degree, to the many other chronic diseases with which we now struggle, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

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Three Cups of Tea

Three Cups of Tea | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
In today’s fast paced world of instant communication, short deadlines,
e-mail, text, online chat, social media, speed networking and deal-making,
I think we can all agree that the old fashioned art of
relationship-building has been somewhat diminished in its importance, if
not lost altogether?

It wasn’t always this way. When I started work in the City of London in the
late 1970s, the senior partners would regularly disappear for lunch with
clients at around 12 noon and, more often than not, wouldn’t be seen again
until the next morning.  And when I worked in Hong Kong in the late 1980s,
I remember the most respected networkers were those who typically blocked
out their lunchtimes every day to meet with people who, if not now, might
be useful connections in the future. Despite how this might sound now, this
investment in relationship-building usually paid off in terms of acquiring
new clients, generating more revenue and increased profitability, and the
expenses involved were regarded as the acceptable “cost of doing business”.
To prove the point, most Governments around the world regarded these
expenses as fully tax deductible, as long as you could find the receipts!

Without doubt, the long business lunch, if not a quick chat over a sandwich
at your desk in between meetings, is definitely a casualty of the online
age, and is now regarded as an extravagance, if not a disgraceful
indulgence reminiscent of a bygone era!

These days we do business with people we hardly know, and possibly don’t
even like, assuming we can get them to sign up to a water tight contract
drafted by a highly paid lawyer and do as we promise.  In this post
industrial age, with an ever-expanding army of lawyers and standard
contracts at your disposal, you can simply sit behind your computer and do
business with anyone you want, almost anywhere in the world, with an
electronic signature and the click of a mouse!

Until now, that is…

Via Ian Berry
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The idea of three cups of tea is the first is taken as a stranger, the second as a friend, and the third to become a family member.

Thich Nhat Hanh and other Zen writers write about being mindful when drinking and eating.

Eating is an essential part of this in many cultures. We can share food with each other. In some cultures, eating with one's hands is part of the process.
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Ian Berry's curator insight, October 17, 1:39 AM
Good metaphor for building business relationships everywhere not just in China and in my view puts value into social interaction too
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Is Everyone a Leader?

Is Everyone a Leader? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
We believe everyone is a leader and, together, we can co-create a better future. However, we recognise that not everyone agrees with us. This article explores different perspectives of leadership.

Via Create Wise Leader, Bobby Dillard, Roy Sheneman, PhD
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The short answer is it depends on how we define leading. Understood as emergent, distributed, and collective the answer is yes. More traditional understandings based on hierarchy and position means not as likely.

One that is missing is servant-leadership, which each person is capable of serving and leading. By its nature, teaching is leading even if we do not acknowledge teachers as leaders. Teachers are pedagogues and educate, both of which are etymologically tied to leading.
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Yes, There Are Rules to Leadership Excellence. Here's the Shortlist

Yes, There Are Rules to Leadership Excellence. Here's the Shortlist | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
While outstanding leadership ability is defined by standards unique to each individual, there are guidelines. Here's the short list.

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Despite what we see with some so-called leaders (with naricissistic tendencies) in politics, schools, and corporations, leaders assume responsibility and understand they cannot control everything. Good teaching is premised on this as well.

Although managing is essential in certain situations, it is too often conflated with leading.
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#Leadership #workhappy #offthebenchleadership  

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This is a good list to reflect and act on
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3 Unlikely Things Leaders Should Say To Encourage Team Innovation (And Why It's Important)

3 Unlikely Things Leaders Should Say To Encourage Team Innovation (And Why It's Important) | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Jaws will drop. Eyebrows will raise. And that's exactly what you want.

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The third one is not putting quantity ahead of quality. It is about coming up with ideas when a group is stuck. From there, the group can move to quality.
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