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The acronym VUCA - Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous - was coined in the 1990s.
It describes many people's experience of their workplace extremely well.
In this kind of environment, it can be hard to feel like you are coping - let alone thriving.
That's certainly how I felt!
It's also something that training participants and seminar audiences have been asking me about for years. So I decided to collate the ten best tools and principles I know into a short, sharp course.
One of the most valuable approaches to thriving in a VUCA world is the Pareto Principle; the 80:20 rule...
The 80:20 rule says that you get 80 per cent of the value from the best 20 per cent of the ideas...
... when you apply it well.
So, here is the best 20 per cent.
Apply it well, and you'll make a huge difference to your success at work.
Dr Mike Clayton
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|Section 1: Volatile - Uncertain - Complex - Ambiguous: the Nature of VUCA|
What's this VUCA thing all about?
I'm not the first to think about how to deal with a VUCA work environment. Here is the concept of VUCA Prime.
|Section 2: Practical Approaches to Thriving in a VUCA Environment|
What does prioritisation look like when you take VUCA head on with a determination to succeed? A small number of Compelling Causes.
Where are you going to go to really understand the situation, in a volatile, complex, uncertain and ambiguous environment? The Gemba.
How can you build a strategic network of colleagues, friends and stakeholders that will empower and support you in a VUCA workplace?
What is the optimum level of stress? It's the Powerhouse Peak.
If you want to operate at your best in a VUCA world, you need to understand the different ways your brain operates, and when to deploy each.
What is the secret to making way for success amid VUCA forces? Constructive Conduct.
How can you know what is coming?
How does a Meerkat see ahead? It pops its head up and scans the horizon.
There are six modes you can deploy to respond to a VUCA environment and you'll see them all here.
One attitude is the secret to success in a an uncertain, complex and ambiguous world: Curiosity.
One simple idea encapsulates the key to coping and thriving in the presence of complexity and change: the Powerhouse Loop.
|Section 3: Bonus Items: Yes, there's even more...|
In a VUCA world, the constant flow of emails into your inbox can be a source overwhelm. 10,000 emails a year is not uncommon, and some people even get 20,000 or more.
So how can you tame your inbox?
In a VUCA world, making good decisions is both more important and more difficult.
Here are ten tips to help you to make better decisions.
Dr Mike Clayton is a business trainer, author and speaker. Since 2002, he has been helping professionals, managers and leaders to excel in their roles with management, leadership, and personal effectiveness training.
Mike has written over a dozen books for major publishers like Wiley, Macmillan and Pearson, including: Powerhouse, How to Manage a Great Project, How to Speak so People Listen, Brilliant Time Management, and The Influence Agenda.
Mike's professional background is 12 years as a project management professional with the London office of international management consultancy Deloitte. Prior to that, Mike had an academic career in Physics, working at the world renowned Schuster Laboratory of The University of Manchester.
Mike currently has five courses on Udemy, with a long list of successful seminars and training courses to convert into video format.