Anekanta Consulting’s name originates from an ancient philosophy “Anekantavada” which is explained through the parable of the elephant and the blindfolded men. It goes like this:
“Several blindfolded people are each given the task of identifying a large animal (an elephant) using their sense of touch alone. Each declares a different result; a wall, a tree, a snake. They are all adamant that they are correct. But without the full view, each makes an error. Only when the perspectives of all are combined are they able to agree that the animal is an elephant.“Text adapted. Original source Piotr Balcerowicz (2003). Essays in Jaina Philosophy and Religion.
If we transfer this idea into an industry setting, this parable is often described as “looking at an elephant through a pinhole” or “needing the wider picture”. This means that alternative perspectives are needed in order to understand what is felt to be the most complete version of the truth on which a decision can be based.
The concept encourages the opening of the mind to the idea that there may be other perspectives. The different perspective may not be available within the organisation because everyone may think in the same way, all look the same, or may not have the skills, experience, benchmarking or resources available to them.
In business, and especially on Boards, we talk about “group think” being an issue in the decision making process; if the Board is a closed network and there is insufficient diversity it may miss out on the different perspectives resulting in a narrow or less successful strategy.
We help you to find different perspectives through the use of technology in order to improve Board decision making. We find the stakeholders and educate and influence them to see the whole picture. We undertake strategic research and backed by the findings in the evidence, advise whether there may be other perspectives to take into consideration which may enhance the company’s position in the marketplace. This may be through more innovative products, the use of AI to query and correlate public data sources, better digital tools or optimised processes through digitalisation.
Our specialised focus areas are; defence and security, professional security and video surveillance, healthcare, and manufacturing. We seek to solve problems with AI and emerging technologies which cannot be solved by humans alone and in turn help our stakeholders to augment human decision making and achieve better results, faster, which, in the highest risk scenarios, means saving lives.
At Anekanta Consulting we apply the principles of Anekantavada to everything we do in every sector in which we operate.