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Staying Centered and Focused in a VUCA World

Posted by Rebecca Bradley, ClientWise Master Certified Coach on Mar 23, 2020 3:30:26 PM

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 Petriegathered 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:

olatilechange happens rapidly and on a large scale

ncertainthe future cannot be predicted with any precision

omplexchallenges are complicated by many factors and there are few single causes or solutions

mbiguousthere 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

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