Our primary focus is on what you can do to respond to VUCA – positively and productively. We’re posting links to some of the best of the info out there here. We’re always on the lookout for the next great thought, or idea, or suggestion. And we’re working on it and dancing with it on our own, too (of course)!
What is VUCA?
Our clients have been soaking in everything we have to offer on VUCA – Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity. It seems the challenges of uncertainty and ongoing change are pretty universal. Even when we’re dealing with traditional issues like team building, hiring and delegation, the current VUCA context is relevant – and that’s how we address them.
VUCA isn’t a problem to be solved. It’s part of a dilemma, a polarity, a paradox. It requires a shift in world view or perspective.
Why Should I Care?
VUCA is like the air we breathe, even if we pretend it’s not, even if we’re waiting for things to go back to being predictable and stable.
They aren’t going to. And the sooner we accept this and figure out how to deal with this VUCA‘d and unpredictable world, the better chance we have of surviving – even thriving. VUCA is the new normal.
VUCA is easier to deal with when you see it as part of a larger dynamic, such as VUCA:VUCA-Prime. Bob Johansen presented VUCA-Prime – Vision, Understanding, Clarity and Agility – as a way to respond to VUCA. There are other alternatives, often presented as the “antedote to VUCA.” We think they all have a place, because the heart of responding well in a VUCA world is how we show up as leaders, and then what we do to bring our organizations along. And, we believe the most important questions is:
What Can I Do?
Leading in the midst of uncertainty and VUCA requires personal characteristics not usually rewarded in our traditional business world (we explore these through various perspectives including the lens of Aikido), and new leadership and management skills that are beginning to be rewarded (or traditional skills being used in a different way). They include:
- Embrace the benefits of not knowing
- Make friends with ambiguity
- Find security in being ready, instead of being sure
- The signals you miss could sink you
- VUCA will throw you off center – learn to notice sooner and re-center more quickly
- being curious first
- moving forward before you are sure, knowing you’ll be adjusting as you go
You can also join our LinkedIn group “Leadership in a VUCA world”