VUCA or BANI and the Thinking Environment

 

VUCA and BANI -and The Thinking Environment™️

 What is VUCA and BANI?

 I have been aware of VUCA as a good description of the challenges we face in society,  but since 2020 the pandemic has completely overhauled how we view the world. The acronym BANI has been making waves and seems to be replacing VUCA. According to Jamais Cascio, the creator of the BANI model: “Situations in which conditions aren’t simply unstable, they’re chaotic. In which outcomes aren’t simply hard to foresee, they’re completely unpredictable.”

VUCA stands for Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity.

It describes the unpredictable and rapidly changing nature of the business and social environment.

It was developed by the US Army War College in the 1990’s.

  • It is used to describe the unpredictable and rapidly changing landscape that followed the end of the Cold War.

BANI stands for Brittle, Anxious, Non-linear, and Incomprehensible.

It describes the challenges posed by a highly complex and unpredictable environment that has developed since 2020 and the pandemic.

  • It highlights the fragility and vulnerability of organisations, emphasizing the need for adaptive strategies, resilience, the need for flexibility and adaptability in the face of uncertainty.
  • It is used to describe conditions or attitudes that hinder effective thinking and problem-solving.

The Thinking Environment™️ framework was developed by Nancy Kline and can address each element of BANI. By embracing this framework, we can work towards creating a more conducive and inclusive environment for open, equal and creative thinking.

Why develop a Thinking Environment™️?

  • In a Brittle environment, systems and structures are rigid and inflexible, making it challenging to adapt to change.
  1. The Thinking Environment™️ framework creates a safe and open space for individuals to express their thoughts and ideas freely.
  2. It encourages individuals to explore different possibilities without fear of judgment or criticism and to challenge existing norms, question assumptions, and consider alternative perspectives.
  3. It creates a culture of open dialogue and exploration, promoting adaptability and resilience within the organisation.
  • An Anxious environment arises when uncertainty and fear dominate the organisation.
  1. The Thinking Environment™️ framework gives everyone an equal opportunity to be heard and valued.
  2. A space is created where individuals feel safe to express their concerns and anxieties without judgment.
  3. It encourages listening with full attention and genuine curiosity to understand each other’s perspectives.
  4. An environment is created where sharing ideas and perspectives is welcomed and appreciated, alleviating anxiety and promoting collaboration.
  • Nonlinear environments are characterized by rapid and unpredictable changes.
  1. The Thinking Environment™️ framework encourages difference and exploration of multiple possibilities.
  2. Individuals are encouraged to generate a wide range of ideas, even if they initially seem unrelated or unconventional. By using active and respectful listening everyone has an opportunity to speak and be heard
  3. It encourages innovation and adaptability within the organisation.
  • Incomprehensible environments involve complex and rapidly evolving situations where it is challenging to make sense of the circumstances.
  1. The Thinking Environment™️ framework emphasizes the power of incisive and respectful questioning.
  2. Individuals are encouraged to ask thoughtful questions to explore and understand complex problems deeply.
  3. There is encouragement of a growth mindset to explore new ideas freely.

💠By applying the Thinking Environment™️ framework to BANI, you can create a supportive and inclusive environment. It creates a more conducive atmosphere for individuals to think freely, collaborate effectively, and find innovative solutions to challenges.

💠In this challenging world we face each day with information overload increasing the deficit we have for attention.

💠It is time to turn this around and find a way to embrace the technology and abundant information we have successfully developed which now challenges our focus and hinders our efforts.

💠We can help ourselves think better, think more productively, feel valued, equal and heard by creating a framework to get the best out of thinking.

What do you think and what are your thoughts?

If you’re interested in finding out more then I am holding a one day workshop on the Art of Mastering Effective Meetings to be held on August 24th in Poole, Dorset.

Please follow the link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/668173564117

Alternatively for more information on the workshop or on the Thinking Environment in general please email me on office@joanneyoung.co.uk

 

 

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