Learning from Tension: Avoid Easy Answers to Promote Innovation

Learning from Tension: Avoid Easy Answers to Promote Innovation

Matt Mayberry

One defining trait of exemplary leaders, according to Roger Martin, is the ability to tolerate complexity and ambiguity, and hold two opposing ideas in mind at once. This internal tension helps avoid simplistic either/or choices and promotes creativity that can transform business models – and entire organizations. Here are a few thoughts on cultivating this skill in your organization’s management team, based on our experience using business simulations to help leaders develop integrative thinking.

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