It is a much discussed fact that we live in a VUCA world today – one with Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity. These fast changing contexts are conventionally responded to with hierarchical and hyper-competitive systems. This typically puts enormous pressure on to a few ‘at the top’ and does not fully leverage the human potential of an organization to work in a manner that is dynamic yet not ad-hoc, responsive and not reactive, contextual and not frozen. Many of us who have run organizations have experienced that how much ever we attempt to create a ‘flat’ structure or meritocratic environment, it is hard to get away from patterns that reinforce the ‘older’ ways to newer forms of engaging.
Much of the stress and pressure in the system come not from ‘problems’ that can be solved cognitively but double-binds (or dharmasankata, that is, I’m damned if I do and damned if I don’t) that need some form of ‘resolving’. We work with the following fundamental / central themes of Indic thought:
- Life as a Process: If one of the needs is a certain dynamicity and response-ability, we ought to look at conventional terms like plans and strategies not as something slowly changing or output of a one-time exercise to be ‘executed’ but as a continual process that is designed to have traceability and response to change. Thus strategizing as a practice that bridges ‘plan’ and ‘execution’ is more important than the strategy
- Dharmam, Dandam, and Mukti:
- Dharmam – how can we enliven the self, the other and the context?
- Dandam – how can we create equitable boundaries? How can we encourage psychological ownership and ‘right’ and not be dependent on structural power
- Mukti – how can we create a space for the individual to grow? How can we create a structure that provides
- Importance of Dialogue: Obviously, it is a set of human energies that come together to co-create a context. What impacts the self impacts the system and vice versa. We all have different propensities and therefore are sensitive to different things in a group context. Thus, if one desires to co-create spaces that are meaningful and enlivening, how does one create a practice of dialogue that brings in various perspectives?