We all live in an ever changing world. It seems as if things change in a matter of nanoseconds. Once something new comes along and you finally understand it, another new thing takes its place. From social media to politics to economics, we are constantly in a state of flux. This is what is called a VUCA world.
Where does VUCA come from?
The acronym was constructed from the U.S. Army War College to describe the new environment after the end of the Cold War. It became a part of the military lexicon in the 90’s and found its way into the business world to describe emerging ideas in leadership and how it applies to organizations.
What does VUCA mean? V for Volatility – the speed and magnitude of change in today’s world, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity all within the context of our “Mad World.” U for Uncertainty – internal and external mitigating factors that are unpredictable. C for Complexity – vast intricacies of a globally connected economy and society make decision-making a challenge. A for Ambiguity – with the above situations, we now lack clarity. People and organizations find it harder and harder to understand threats before they result in a complete breakdown.
After reading this you are probably asking yourself: ‘How do I or my organization, successfully manage this new reality and become positive and productive?’
The path is not insurmountable but you must become aware of your role in the system and how your actions and reactions affect those around you at home and in the workplace. As a leader, you must become aware of your team’s dynamics. How does your team interact? How do you interact with your team?
The first thing to understand is that you are the architect of their happiness and yours too. If you have a snarky, closed-off demeanor, the rest will follow. If you are calm and stable the rest will follow you there too. It is not too cliche to say that you lead by example.
5 Chairs 5 Choices, takes you through each step to recognize your behaviors then how to take these realizations and put them to positive good work. If things are stressful at home and you come to the office and are hit with a crisis, instead of taking off a few heads on your way to your office, you may want to take a moment to breathe and assess the situation (Red Chair to Green Chair).
We need to embrace change and make it a positive. It is not an easy path but one which is necessary for ourselves and our teams to be productive, functional and harmonious. The biggest challenge of all is to arrive at the place of empathy. Residing in this tumultuous VUCA environment where deadlines are constant and being an individual is less important, getting to the place of empathy takes attention and intention to connect (Purple Chair).