PART 5: Kammann says tension key to creativity and innovation


By Tom Ballard, Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurial Initiatives, Pershing Yoakley & Associates, P.C.

“You don’t have true creativity and innovation without tension,” Booth Kammann says in describing a pivotal day for the University of Tennessee (UT) MBA project team that was working with the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians, Inc. earlier this year.

It was the trial run when the team presented its draft set of recommendations to Kammann before the students formally gave it to the Council’s Board of Directors.

“This was the tension point in the project,” the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Council recalled. She describes herself as a leader who likes to challenge thinking.

“If everyone agrees, you are not getting anywhere,” Kammann believes. “Tension creates breakthroughs.”

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