Back in the 1990s the US Army College created this acronym VUCA which stands for an environment that is Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous.
Now more than ever leaders are faced with the challenge of thriving in a VUCA world. We encourage all of the organizations and senior leaders during their strategic planning phase to do a full SWOT analysis. It remains vital that leaders review the internal and external enviornment, because it is evident the ‘we” must learn to navigate in a VUCA internal and external enviornment.
The key for any organization once strategic plans are identified and a full SWOT analysis is conducted is that they equip all leaders with the knowledge and skills to understand, interpret, and master working with a foundation that is constantly moving.
The questions organizations should answer are these:
1. What do we want our leaders to be?
2. What do we need our leaders to know?
3. What do we want our leaders to do, act, behave?
For starters some examples with working in a Volatile Environment we may want our leaders to …
Be: Confident, Adaptive, and Decisive
know: Who to involove, decisions to make, Short and long-term implications, consequences
DO: Communicate clearly, Take initiative, Influence, delegate effectively, resolve problems, and get results
What is your organization doing to prepare leaders to succeed in our VUCA environment? Would love to hear from you.