Tools

Do you want to get started with Safe Uncertainty? Try our tools!

Acknowledge, explore and handle uncertainty

Tools of Safe Uncertainty help you to acknowledge and recognize your uncertainty and to articulate it. They can also help you to thoroughly explore your uncertainty. If you use them more than once, you will find that they become part of your professional repertoire. Then you can make Safe Uncertainty productive in your process. We hope you find the tools below useful!

Safe Uncertainty tools can help you to:

  • make your uncertainty productive because they offer safety.
  • analyse your situation and uncertainty
  • explore and cross the border between thinking and feeling.
  • give meaning to your process by creating a meta-story of your experience.

* Snapshot

With this tool you take a Snapshot of a particular situation in your process. The Snapshot helps you to analyse your uncertainty of the moment. This gives insight into your triggers and how you can respond to them productively.

* Word List

We are not used to talking about uncertainty. We sometimes even lack the precise words. This Word List can give language to feelings or situations that are difficult or uncomfortable to put into words.

* Safe Uncertainty Chart

The Chart of Safe Uncertainty is an analysis tool that gives insight into which internal and external elements play a role in your situation. This allows you to see what you need to counteract or change these.

* A-Cards

With the A-Cards you can learn to recognize and explore moments of uncertainty. By linking Alarm bells, Anchors and Activators, you can convert your uncertainty into a concrete Action that helps you to handle it productively.

* Safe Uncertainty Disk

The Disk of Safe Uncertainty also helps you to find out which Anchors and Activators are helping to silence your Alarm bells. This allows you to come up with productive Actions.

* Trigger Fan

You better have the triggers of uncertainty at hand! You can use this Trigger Fan for that.

If you want to use a tool, please contact us.

We will send you the tool as soon as possible. The tools are free. In return, we would like to know how the tool has helped you. In that way, you contribute to our research into Safe Uncertainty and to improving the tools.

Read more?

Do you want to read more about our research and Safe Uncertainty?

Bollinger, S., & Rooijen, R. van, (2016) Safe Uncertainty and the Research Competence of HBO Students. Journal of Higher Education 34 (2), 44-57

You can download a copy (in Dutch) here.

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