Why we need to love tension in our business

In Buckminster Fuller’s tensegrity model there is this beautiful relationship between tension and compression. Bucky demonstrated that tensegrity exists in all of nature. So often we avoid either tension (blow apart stress/pull/exterior) or compression (contraction stress/push/interior), but for integrity to occur (for things to hold their shape) we need both.

Fall in love with tension. Balance it out with some solid compressive forces…the things that push people and projects and strategy together. Deadlines, expectations, team work, routine, rituals.

Fall in love with compression…with structure and systems and doing the grunt work. Balance it out with tension, with disagreement, some measure of chaos, creativity, passion, polarity.

PS. The tensegrity model above will not hold its shape (be in integrity) until the very last tensile element is added.


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