The difference between uncertainty and incerto

incerto leadership


I asked Gemini:

"what´s the difference between uncertainty and incerto?"


Gemini answered in detail:

Both "uncertainty" and "incerto" convey a lack of certainty, but there are some key differences between them, especially in the context used by Lorenzo Tural:

👉 Uncertainty:

- General term: This is a broad term encompassing any situation where the outcome is unknown or unpredictable.

- Focus: It simply describes the lack of knowledge about the future.

- Emotional connotation: Can be neutral or negative, depending on the context.

👉 Incerto (as used by Lorenzo Tural):

- Specific to VUCA world: Refers to the inherent volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity of complex systems.

- Focus: Goes beyond just not knowing, it highlights the unpredictable and ever-changing nature of the environment.

- Emotional connotation: Often carries a sense of challenge and opportunity, encouraging an "antifragile" approach that thrives on unpredictability.

- International and elegant: Easier to understand across languages and has a more sophisticated feel.

👉 Here's an analogy:

Uncertainty is like walking into a foggy room.

You know there are things there, but you can't see them clearly.

Incerto is like walking into a dense forest.

You know there are paths and dangers, but you have to navigate them by adapting to the ever-changing environment.

In essence, Lorenzo Tural uses "incerto" to create a more specific and action-oriented perspective on uncertainty.

It's not just about the lack of knowledge, but about embracing the challenge and finding ways to benefit from the unpredictable nature of the world.


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