Great topic to call out — tensions at the workplace. Orchestrating tensions to produce something constructive is an act of immeasurable value for any organization. For this to successful in any meaningful way, I feel that individual tensions need to be sorted out first — how do I deal with perception of rudeness when I was being factual etc. Most organizations (aka HR/People people) suck terribly at equipping people with tool sets to recognize, appreciate and then deal with such individual and common tensions that occur at the work place and pass it on to the team leaders and supervisors to sort things out (again without tools and guidance). Individual tensions become group tensions and may end up reflecting at the organizational level.
Will be good to see/hear more real examples of constructive tension outcomes.