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Integrated Innovation?

Peter Nicholson

Growth Etudes Part 2: Consonance and Dissonance
There have to be some edges. An effective consulting project, like a compelling musical performance, isn’t the result of pure harmony, but rather the navigation of the right creative tensions. Studying cello in my youth, I found the seeming glamour of the soloist’s perch the most appealing, but performing in small ensembles the most satisfying. Achieving any kind of significant sustainability-focused innovation requires a team. The work I produce at Foresight is made better by the input of my colleagues. A powerful ensemble, of whatever size, requires room for everyone to contribute and participate, and for roles to evolve. It demands that one listen and respond and shift and constructively challenge. Playing chamber music taught me all kinds of powerful lessons, the relevance of which has both endured and grown. Charting Foresight's growth trajectory has required considering multiple important issues, including the evolving nature of my role. It’s both daunting and exciting to consider. Allowing more space for others hasn’t left me feeling marginalized as I initially felt it might, but rather empowered. More deeply embracing the contributions of others has required encountering and negotiating new tensions, albeit with the resolute awareness that this renewed whole is and will be greater, and much more compelling, than the sum of the parts.