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October 22, 2010

Is quality a dirty word?

Still no internet at home :/ , so I'm having to write my reflective thoughts on my laptop, and upload them when I get a chance/remember.

One thing that has come out of this, is that rather than coming up against a blank screen at the end of the day, and trying to figure out what to write, I've been recording my reflections throughout the day on a piece of paper, as and when they happen. Because, and I don't know about everyone else, I get struck by thoughts all day, so this method seems to make sense to me. If anyone else has a similar problem, I recommend it.

Definitions have been an interesting issue this week. We've looked at knowledge vs. information, continuous vs. continual, interpretations vs. opinions, and dialogue vs. debate, to name but a few. I won't bother going through them all, everyone knows how to use a dictionary (and you should have been paying attention :P), but if there's one that confuses you, feel free to ask me about it. But, I feel like one word that we've been warned away from is quality. Both Paul and Graeme have in the past few days made a point of saying that they haven't used it when they've spoken about excellence, and the models we've been looking at, etc. My question to you all is why? Why the avoidance? I've been thinking about it, and I'm still not clear on the answer. I'm well aware that MBE is not a quality management degree, but I feel like that topic is surely a small part of it. What are your thoughts?


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