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How to Skillfully Self-navigate in the Job Market in times of BANI?

2024, May 6th

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SUMMARY / KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • For the past 10 years, we have lived in the world of VUCA: Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity.
  • It is a concept that originated in the military sphere and was later adopted in the business world to describe the increasingly turbulent and unpredictable environments in which organizations operate.

The Transition from the World of Vuca to the World of BANI.

For the past 10 years, we have lived in the world of VUCA: Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity. It is a concept that originated in the military sphere and was later adopted in the business world to describe the increasingly turbulent and unpredictable environments in which organizations operate.

But the world economy is getting increasingly complex and unstable. We are now at the edge of the new era, known as BANI: Brittle, Agile, Non-linear, and Incomprehensible. Here’s a breakdown of each component:

Brittle: A brittle environment or structure is characterized by rigidity and fragility. It is highly susceptible to disruption or collapse when faced with unexpected shocks or changes. In a brittle system, there is little resilience or flexibility to adapt to new circumstances.

Agile: An agile environment or structure is flexible, responsive, and able to quickly adapt to changing conditions. Agility involves the ability to pivot, innovate, and adjust strategies in response to new challenges or opportunities. Agile systems thrive in dynamic and uncertain environments.

Non-linear: Non-linear systems or structures are characterized by complexity and interconnectedness, where small changes can lead to disproportionately large effects. In non-linear environments, cause-and-effect relationships are often not straightforward, and outcomes may be unpredictable or emergent.

Incomprehensible: An incomprehensible environment is one that is difficult to understand or make sense of due to its complexity, ambiguity, or lack of clear patterns. Incomprehensible systems may involve numerous variables and interdependencies, making it challenging to discern underlying principles or predict future outcomes.

The concept was created by Jamais Cascio, an American anthropologist, futurist, and author. Triggered by the various crises our world is facing— climate crisis, pandemic, inequality, and global instability, to name a few — he concluded that existing concepts such as VUCA are not appropriate for a rapidly evolving world.

How to Skillfully Self-navigate in the Job Market in times of BANI?

So, how to steer your career in the Brittle, Agile, Non-linear, and Incomprehensible world? The key to is to understand that there are two currencies in circulation: value and money. The market of white collar jobs is a complex ecosystem in which value flows through society like water across the globe. And, money follows this stream of value.

In order to firmly develop as a professional, one needs to make sure that they position themselves in the job market in a way that optimises their natural way of creating value by discovering three crucial levels of their fit into the job market:

  1. Your Core Competencies. They relate to your biggest strengths, unique capabilities and activities most joyful to you. They are the combination of skills, knowledge, expertise, talents that you have developed over time and that your competitors cannot reproduce easily – as these skills are typically the result of your investment in yourself, training, your professional and personal  development and other initiatives completed in the long run.
  2. Your Preferred Role in a Team. Secondly, you need to know what is your preferred role toward other people, or, in other words, your value-building profile. You already know what you enjoy doing at work—but in what role? Are you a type of a role model? Or rather, a highly-specialized problem-solver? Or perhaps, a contributor that prefers to solve problems in teams and build projects from the back seat?
  3. Your Flock in the Job Market. Lastly, you need to figure out where in the job market the people who think like you are. Or, in other words, your flock. Let’s say that you are good at data analysis and you prefer to work as a specialist.

While your core competencies are easy to spot based on your resume and experience, your preferred roles and your tribe in the job market might be much more ambivalent and hard to find with no prior professional experience. For this reason, it is good to reach out for specialist self-discovery tools such as the Ontology of Value Test which will show you your competitive edge in the job market and help you choose your optimal career path.

Conclusion: Is Self-navigation in the Job Market Manageable in times of Bani?

Overall, while navigating the job market in times characterized by the BANI framework presents challenges, individuals can manage self-navigation effectively by embracing adaptability, networking, self-discovery, continuous learning, resilience, and strategic decision-making. By leveraging these strategies, individuals can position themselves for success and thrive amidst uncertainty and complexity in the job market.

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