4 Tips for Harnessing the Tension That Comes When a Visionary Hires an Integrator

Tension: The word often carries negative connotations; for example, it’s the term most often used these days to describe the declining trade relationship between the United States and China.

But tension is a positive force as well. Consider a sprinter’s legs, gathering and releasing tension as they propel him down the track — or the anchored, yet flexible, tension that holds up San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. Likewise, the tension between a company’s big-idea entrepreneur (the “visionary”) and its get-things-done operational leader (the “integrator”) can create a beneficial visionary-integrator dynamic.