Chapter 9

Combining the Unlikely

The team reassembled slowly. The tension from the first take at brainstorming was quickly becoming a distant memory as the group refocused on the problems they were there to tackle. Kate was sure not to bring the group back to the activity too quickly. Instead, she encouraged small talk. She wanted to get to know her team a little more personally. They had yet to have that time together, so she started to ask some seemingly benign questions, but in truth, she was very interested in their responses.

Over lunch, she learned that Amy had a toddler in preschool. Elaine's kids were in college—one was adrift on the party circuit with no major in sight and the other (engineering major) just got his nose broken playing ...

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