VUCA World - take it or fail

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VUCA World - take it or fail

May 10, 2017

The world is changed. I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air. Much that once was is lost; for none now live who remember it.

Can you remember this quote? You could hear it in the movie “The Lord of the Rings”. The phrase from a fictional story describes what happens in the world now: the environment is unpredictable, changeable, and really confusing.

The phenomenon when everything suddenly changes is called VUCA World.

It’s an acronym and it stands for volatileuncertaincomplex, and ambiguous. This concept makes people leave the business or to adapt and look for new solutions. If you want not only to survive but live happily ever after you need to get used to this state of things and try to have fun.

There is a crucial question in such conditions: “How should I act?”.
Sorry, we don’t know as you do. But we know what is prohibited: it’s not right to learn from the past to predict the future. It doesn’t work now. When the world more VUCA everything is possible.

It’s important for managers to be mentally prepared for unexpected occasions. It makes sense because Executives’ behavior affects each employee and if Manager is in panic there is a serious problem for the whole organization. There is no only one right way to prevent VUCA but there are four habits that can help to transform a hurricane of changes into the opportunities:

  • Be open to new opinions and never underestimate colleagues’ ideas;
  • Improve internal communications;
  • Make employees learn and transform the company into the learning organization;
  • Look at the whole picture but don’t forget about the details.

In conclusion, we admit that VUCA can be quite unpleasant phenomenon but it also might be used for qualitative changes. Ask different questions, never stop to learn and you will be rewarded.


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