Creative tension is the source of innovation in teams. Creative tension is the natural tension created by the tug of war between managing current reality and moving towards a compelling vision of the future. In teams where conflict is not managed in an effective way, creative tension disappears and innovation stops.
In this post, I will share some data from a team and then explain:
- Not all innovation is risky.
- The source off all innovation is the same - it is the naturally occurring creative tension between horizontal and vertical perspectives.
- Once you understand where innovation comes from you can intentionally design it into your team culture and organizational structure.