Negative capabilities and action learning to deal with uncertainty-Roleplay
𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗲𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗰𝘁𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘂𝗻𝗳𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗮𝗿
The psychological space that the person is entering into in these situations is known as ‘𝘯𝘦𝘨𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘱𝘢𝘣𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺 (NC) where one must perform in an unfamiliar situation with no predictable outcomes.
I.e. in the police, army, fire workers the preparation for “uncertainty” is based on Training and Action learning, where people get used to uncertain situations. Research published in the journal ‘Action Learning: Research and Practice’ has shown how negative capability is a very good way for employees, and the business for which they work, to operate and work effectively in situations of uncertainty.
Working in predictable situations and environments makes people feel comfortable. Operating in VUCA environments and scenarios where people feel uncomfortable, require a big leap of faith to jump into the unknown.
𝗔𝗽𝗽𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝗻𝗲𝗴𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗽𝗮𝗯𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗲𝘀
People with NC are those who are driving change and new opportunities. This ability to manage uncertainty and the related anxiety and hardship is the central point of NC. Action learning could improve both people and internal organisations to react to what nowadays is named VUCA proactively. The research also shows the NC stimulates creativity and innovation, making people “resourceful” Action Learning teaches the participants to slow down their thoughts, assess the situation, and avoid reactive thoughts and actions.
𝗧𝗿𝗮𝗻𝘀𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻, 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗻𝗲𝗴𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗽𝗮𝗯𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆
Within 𝗠𝗦𝗧 𝗠𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗺𝘂𝗺 𝗦𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗧𝗿𝗮𝗻𝘀𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 included in our framework 🅷🅸🆃™, negative capabilities concepts are fully integrated into the training supplied to new cross-functional groups to support the required experimentation of the new solutions using 𝗿𝗼𝗹𝗲𝗽𝗹𝗮𝘆. Why? To make them react and find creative solutions, thus becoming “resourceful” and resilient.