We live in a VUCA world.
The term VUCA was coined by the US armed forces in the early 90’s as they observed a new type of warfare which had more Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity than experienced earlier. For organizations, the speed of change we experience all around the world, means that organizational change is becoming more VUCA too. So what can we do when facing VUCA?
Here are a few thoughts:
We need to identify and consistently share a clear Vision and direction – Where we are going. What we want to achieve. This gives purpose and focus that people can engage with.
We need to be curious and open-minded – listening to diverse views. Asking questions and having healthy debates to understand the bigger picture and complexity of all the pieces of the jigsaw. This allows for greater collaboration as well as innovation. It brings to mind one of the late Stephen Covey’s brilliant quotes: “Listen with the intent to understand, not the intent to reply”
We need to build everyone’s ability to embrace the speed and VUCA of change, being able to act with agility, courageously daring to try and learning fast – creating a sense of collaboration and pride in the shared journey of continuous business transformation.
What are your thoughts? How do you lead in a VUCA world?