Have you heard the term VUCA? It comes from the 1990’s but is still in use to describe the complex and chaotic world of business, politics, and technology.
Peter Hinnsen, in The Network Always Wins, describes the antidote to VUCA as VACINE.
- Network [Thinking]
Velocity & Agility
Velocity and agility can be improved at the organizational level with frameworks, such as Niels Pflaeging’s Organize for Complexity approach.
Creativity & Innovation
As we moved from morality to responsibility one hundred years ago, are we now shifting from responsibility to creativity? Open human structures enable transparent knowledge sharing, which fosters innovation from a diversity of perspectives. Innovation emerges from organizations that promote experimentation.
Network Thinking & Experimentation
Finally, network thinking is developed through practice, such as personal knowledge mastery, as well as shared mental models at the organizational level. Therefore, VACINE is not a checklist but rather a confirmation of a networked workplace in balance. In a VUCA world, organizations need to focus on velocity of implementation and learning, as well as agility in dealing with uncertainty. Enabling experimentation and engaging with networks (Connectivity Networks, Alignment Networks, & Productivity Networks) ensures an understanding of the changing VUCA world. In such an organizational environment, engaged, autonomous, and connected people can then do the creative work that drives innovation.