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the work of uncertainty

Vaughn Tan3rd January 2021 at 3:13pm

Some work is done with well-understood processes, has well-understood desired outcomes. and has well-understood criteria for success. The work of uncertainty is the other stuff, and includes any work which

  1. Requires creativity or innovation, and/or
  2. Must respond to uncertainty, and/or
  3. Is judged by shifting or emergent criteria for success.

The work of uncertainty is already valuable today and will become even more valuable in an increasingly complex world and uncertain future.

See also: failure, goal-setting, hiring, inefficiency, knowability, motivation, negative capability, negotiated joining, not-knowing, preference uncertainty, productive discomfort, realistic imagination, resource with no predefined form, risk mindset, uncertainty mindset, value, voluntary uncertainty.