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CHAPTER THREE

FORGING

THE PRINCIPLE OF CONSTRUCTIVE CONFLICT

Where there is much desire to learn, there of necessity will be much arguing.

John Milton (1608–1674), English poet

FORGING is a problem-solving principle that uses constructive conflict to uncover and validate new ideas and strategies. Like a blacksmith’s forge, ideas are subjected to the “heat” of discussion and the “blows” of contention until a practical solution begins to take shape.

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