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The Director was certainly thinking out of the box to solve his problems. He reached out to the staff, the engineers, the manufacturers and the assembly line workers who would have critical knowledge of the components of the aircraft to attempt to find the best solution to the problems that were occurring out in space. I’m not sure if the culture supported Divergent thought, but they did have a collaborative effort. The director placed everyone in a position to force them into finding options to correct the problems the mission was having as a whole. The directors thought process and directives caused divergent thought.