How to Thrive in a VUCA Work Environment
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How to Thrive in a VUCA Work Environment

Dealing with the Challenges of Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity
3.4 (4 ratings)
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Created by Dr Mike Clayton
Last updated 1/2016
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  • 41 mins on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
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What Will I Learn?
  • Thrive amidst volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity.
  • Reognise the need to select what you focus on
  • Build a strategic network of valuable contacts
  • Know where to work at your peak
  • Scan your horizon for changes, trends, threats and opportunities
  • Harness the simple success system for life during change; the Powerhouse Loop
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  • This course tells you everything you need to know.
  • If you are familiar with volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity, then you are ready for this course.

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.

Good Luck!

Dr Mike Clayton

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is designed for anyone who has to work in a volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous workplace
  • If that sounds like where you work, then you'll be familiar of the feeling of not being in control.
  • If you want to be in control; if you want to cope; if you want to do more than that, and thrive; then this course will show you how.
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Curriculum For This Course
Volatile - Uncertain - Complex - Ambiguous: the Nature of VUCA
2 Lectures 05:19

What's this VUCA thing all about?

Preview 01:25

I'm not the first to think about how to deal with a VUCA work environment. Here is the concept of VUCA Prime.

Preview 03:54
Practical Approaches to Thriving in a VUCA Environment
10 Lectures 19:29

What does prioritisation look like when you take VUCA head on with a determination to succeed? A small number of Compelling Causes.

Compelling Causes

Where are you going to go to really understand the situation, in a volatile, complex, uncertain and ambiguous environment? The Gemba.

The Gemba

How can you build a strategic network of colleagues, friends and stakeholders that will empower and support you in a VUCA workplace?

Strategic Networking

What is the optimum level of stress? It's the Powerhouse Peak.

Preview 01:25

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.

Click, Bubble, and Hum

What is the secret to making way for success amid VUCA forces? Constructive Conduct.

Constructive Conduct

How can you know what is coming?

How does a Meerkat see ahead? It pops its head up and scans the horizon.

Horizon Scanning

There are six modes you can deploy to respond to a VUCA environment and you'll see them all here.

Preview 03:36

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.

The Powerhouse Loop
Bonus Items: Yes, there's even more...
2 Lectures 15:56

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?

Empty 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.

Better Decisions
About the Instructor
Dr Mike Clayton
4.3 Average rating
299 Reviews
5,190 Students
6 Courses
Udemy & Real World Trainer in Personal Effectiveness

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.