Yesterday I exhumed a white paper that was published on Leadership Development by the Center for Creative Leadership in 2011 thinking it might be relevant to our current times. Written in the aftermath of the 2008 recession, its message seems even more relevant to our current situation.
The author, Nick Petrie, gathered data by interviewing the current literature, Harvard Faculty, and 30 preeminent thought leaders. Here is an excerpt:
“Roland Smith, senior faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) described the new environment as one of perpetual whitewater. His notion of increased turbulence is backed up by an IBM study of over 1,500 CEOs. These CEOs identified their number one concern as the growing complexity of their environments, with the majority of those CEOs saying that their organizations are not equipped to cope with this complexity. This theme was consistent among many of the interviewees in this study, some of whom used the army phrase V.U.C.A. to describe the new environment in which leaders must work:
V olatile: change happens rapidly and on a large scale
U ncertain: the future cannot be predicted with any precision
C omplex: challenges are complicated by many factors and there are few single causes or solutions
A mbiguous: there is little clarity on what events mean and what effect they may have”
While this white paper is focused on large corporate organizations, I am sure you have been faced with challenges in