Working in the VUCA environment

Leadership Development

Digitalisation and globalization are now having consequences that are clearly noticeable in everyday working life. Accelerated processes, disruptive automation and collaboration in exclusively digitally networked teams create a dynamic working environment.

The term VUCA describes just this environment, as an acronym for:

  • volatility, the extent of fluctuations in a short period of time.
  • uncertainty, the uncertainty associated with risks and uncertainties.
  • complexity, the multi-layered interdependence of a system.
  • ambiguity, ambiguity or ambiguity of requirements.

With regard to the world of work, this refers to the uncertain and complex framework conditions under which companies must be organised, employees managed and decisions made. After all, all the aspects mentioned above work together in the real world of work. In particular, accelerated operational processes and the large amount of data to be processed can lead to misunderstandings, delays and confusion. Rigid planning no longer helps here, adequate and flexible reactions are in demand. The key to success lies in agile action.

Risks and opportunities of the dynamic environment:

1. Volatility

Prices and markets as well as attitudes and opinions of individuals are increasingly volatile and unpredictable. A clear vision in the company is indispensable. Despite constantly changing influences, it provides a clear direction for development. Encourage a close exchange between your employees. In this way you create a working environment in which the latest information is always available. Close communication is the basis for self-responsible and agile action. We are happy to support you with targeted strategies for executive development.

2. Uncertainty

There are countless possibilities, but no knowledge of their probabilities. Enduring” the uncertainty becomes an important quality of leadership. Support your managers with targeted development measures.

3. Complexity

Complexity is the danger of not recognizing the complexity of a problem and only correcting the symptoms, not the cause. This can be counteracted by transparent processes and the moving away from discussions to engaged dialogues that lead to joint approaches to solutions and cooperative approaches. The further development of the corporate culture in this direction is crucial.

4. Ambiguity

The lack of clarity may, for example, result in unclear market requirements and consequently misinterpretation of information or inappropriate action. Good communication, close cooperation and agile work are important. At the same time, paradoxes must be accepted and acted upon. In order to successfully integrate these key competences into the daily work of your teams, we offer support in the area of team development. With the help of a preliminary team culture analysis, individual focal points are set.

Despite increased complexity and risks, the VUCA environment also offers a multitude of opportunities. We will be happy to advise you on how you can use the current developments to your advantage.

Published by Dave John

Decade of work experience in leadership consulting with strong focus on talent acquisition & assessment across different industries and geographies.

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