Are you a crusader or a tradition bearer? Crusaders are change agents who see problems in the present and want to make things better for the future. Tradition bearers are the preservers of what is best from the past and the present. Are you more likely to support innovation or the status quo? Do you feel yourself being lured into the future by aspirations, or are you hanging on to the past because of fear? Creative and future thinking requires holding tension among opposites and managing paradoxes. Here are other examples of polarities to manage: cost and quality; market driven and product driven; centralized and decentralized; innovation and standardization; autocratic and participatory; planning and action; specific and general; individual and team.