In 100 Words: Positive Tension


Do you like tension?  When it comes to executing your strategy, you should.

Positive tension yields excellent results.  The tension of opposing ideas generates the debate that produces a solution.  The tension of self-imposed financial/time limits on new projects (what Michael Eisner called “creativity in a box” at Disney) drives efficient innovation.  The tension of preserving the core while stimulating progress (Jim Collins in Built to Last) builds great and enduring organizations.

Q2 is almost done, and you have rocks to complete.  Push to get them done while exhibiting the patience to get them right.  That’s positive tension.  Embrace it.

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”  (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

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