Today's world is perpetually evolving, increasing the demand for resilient leadership to navigate through constant change. This was the focus of Change Institute’s recent webinar titled "Leading in our BANI World," featuring guest speaker and Change Institute Change Mentor Tomas Jiskra, a seasoned CEO and expert in leadership, innovation, scale-up management, and digitization. The webinar provided valuable insights into the challenges leaders face in the modern world and how to embrace resilience in the face of constant change. Here are the highlights from the webinar:
The webinar introduced the BANI model, which stands for Brittle, Anxious, Non-linear, and Incomprehensible. This model was developed by futurist Jamais Cascio to explain the complexities and challenges of the current business landscape. Replacing the VUCA model (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity) - a model used since the 1980s - the BANI model provides a new lens to understand the dynamic business environment. Fundamentally, the BANI model serves as an effective compass for leaders, guiding more informed decision-making, fostering resilience, and paving the way for sustainable success.
Tomas Jiskra delved into each component of the BANI model, providing a deeper understanding of its implications for leaders:
To navigate the BANI world successfully, Tomas Jiskra emphasized the importance of resilient leadership. He shared insights on how leaders can help their teams grow and develop the skills necessary to thrive in a complex environment. One approach he discussed was the agile method of breaking down big problems into smaller, manageable steps. This allows for regular feedback, adaptation, and a safe-to-fail environment. By empowering teams and fostering open communication, leaders can create a supportive culture that embraces resilience.
Throughout the webinar, participants had the opportunity to ask questions related to mindset change, appreciating the concept of BANI, reducing anxiety among employees, and the impact of technology on leadership. Tomas Jiskra provided practical advice, stressing the importance of transparency, honesty, and communication in building trust and addressing fears. He also acknowledged the challenges posed by technology and emphasized the need for real-time data and effective information validation.
In a world that is constantly changing and becoming increasingly complex, resilient leadership is essential. The webinar on leading in a BANI world provided valuable insights into the challenges leaders face and how to navigate them successfully. By understanding the BANI model and embracing resilient leadership practices, leaders can empower their teams and guide them through constant change. With an agile approach and a focus on growth, organizations can thrive in the face of uncertainty and leverage the possibilities that the future holds.
Want to learn more about the BANI model and how to use it in your decision making? Check out our newest course Resilient Leadership: Guiding People through Constant Change