VUCA 2.0 ™ - Vision – Understanding – Compassion – Agility
People often respond to the acronym VUCA with a certain trepidation. This much-used acronym in leadership and organisational development which was coined by the US military as a response to 9/11, has become the watchword for the changes that face us.
But VUCA is perceived as something to fear, to worry about, and plan to minimise.
It is my view that when the situation is volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous it is to be embraced and that it is a time for rejoicing.
Because when things are volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous it’s a signal of transformation. When things have moved away from absolute certainty that means that your current approach is no longer working and that the situation is breaking down in order for it to be transformed.
It is not a time for fear.
It is not a time for anxiety.
It is not a time to be stressed.
It is the time to rejoice and prepare for the new world that is about to be born.
It is a time to deploy VUCA 2.0 ™
VUCA 2.0 ™
Qualities that you need to ride the wave of transformation.
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It’s time to develop a new vision about what it is you want the situation to transform into. When things break down it means that the old vision is morphing into something new, and you can have a real influence on what that vision should be.
Is the time to recognise that our black-and-white solutions, often patched together to try to make sense of a complex situation, don’t work any more. We are being called to move to a deeper understanding and recognise that the world can never be fully understood, and that we can only develop solutions for the current situation which will continue to change. We need to understand that the world will continue to breakdown and change and continue to transform.
When things begin to break down there will often be a lot of fear around as people face the situation that they find difficult. The best thing you can do is not to berate them for being afraid, but to sit with them in their fear, to have compassion and empathy to help them see the opportunity in the breakdown.
Where things are breaking down it means that the old paradigms and structures are re-forming. And when they are re-forming your ability to be agile is crucial. Agility calls on us to be mentally and emotionally flexible in order to adjust to the new situation. It is a time to move out of old paradigms and discover a new way of looking at the world.
So change your paradigm when you hear the VUCA acronym. It is not a time to be afraid, it is not a time to run, it is not an indication that the world is no longer safe.
It is a time to rejoice, for it is a signal that you and the world are putting forward new shoots of growth. You are in the middle of transformation.
· Get out your visioning tools they will help the transformation.
· Deepen your understanding it will help with transformation.
· Access your compassionate heart, it will help with transformation.
· Become agile, it will help with transformation.
VUCA 2.0 ™ for a world about to dawn.
Philip Merry PhD has been consulting, training and coaching in organisations for 39 years in 59 countries. As the only person in the world with a grounded theory PhD in Synchronicity and Leadership, he is well placed to help leaders and teams understand the power of synchronicity to maximise the ability of organisations and individuals to #LeadtheFuture.