Posts Tagged ‘#VUCA #Change #Transformation #business’

Technology Challenges

November 30, 2019

Now that you know you are in the ‘VUCA’ world can technology help in any way?

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The VUCA world challenges an organisation by:

  • Presenting boundaries for planning and policy management
  • Confounding the ability to make decisions in an accurate, relevant and timely manner
  • Confusing the recognition of issues that impact, as well as the consequences of such issues and any associated actions, along with their variables
  • Clouding the true interpretation of opportunities to grow

As we have already noted, Bill George, a senior fellow at Harvard Business School, puts the argument forward that VUCA demands a new leadership response which he calls VUCA 2.0: Vision, Understanding, Courage and Adaptability.

These are the basic foundations of a Business Agile world.

Equally there is an argument that to achieve this VUCA 2.0, or to Un-VUCA the VUCA world and enjoy the benefits of a world of Vision, Understanding, Courage and Adaptability, we can’t do it all on our own.

Technology is a major advantage in this world to grab that data, identify gaps and variabilities, to connect people all over the world to help make insightful suggestions and ultimately decisions, and bring about the power of the many.

These are also the basic foundations of a Business Agile world.

At which point we arrive back at the start by asking ‘What can my businesses do today to prepare for challenges of tomorrow and the future?’. The answer is ‘plenty’ but primarily ‘Get Business Agile’.

Webinar

Join myself and Neil Derbyshire from Clarizen on the morning of 5th December where we will address the 4 main challenges of VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity) and how working in a business agile mind-set can bring the rewards of stability, certainty, simplicity and clarity to your day-to-day work.

Join this free webinar to learn first-hand how:

  1. VUCA can be used as a catalyst to bringing change in your day-to-day world
  2. How a business agile mind-set will help bring stability, certainty, simplicity and clarity to your role
  3. How technology can help you overcome challenges in a VUCA world
  4. What can businesses do today to prepare for challenges in the future

Register your interest today to avoid VUCA now and in the future!

https://mkt.clarizen.com/webinar-register-how-to-become-business-agile-in-a-VUCA-world.html

Let’s Un-VUCA the VUCA world!

 

Peter Taylor is a change expert who has advised many other organisations on Change and Project strategy.

He is also the author of the number 1 bestselling project management book ‘The Lazy Project Manager’.

More information can be found at www.thelazyprojectmanager.com

The Complex World

November 25, 2019

Is your business life ‘Complex’?

Complex

Well don’t panic, you are certainly not alone, but you should accept that you are part the ‘VUCA’ world today!

C = Complexity: the multiplex of forces, the confounding of issues, no cause-and-effect chain and confusion that surrounds organization.

Meaning: Consisting of many different and connected parts – not easy to analyse or understand; complicated or intricate.

In a Forbes article ‘What Does VUCA Really Mean?’ Jeroen Kraaijenbrink writes: ‘Complexity refers to the number of factors that we need to take into account, their variety and the relationships between them. The more factors, the greater their variety and the more they are interconnected, the more complex an environment is. Under high complexity, it is impossible to fully analyze the environment and come to rational conclusions. The more complex the world is, the harder it is to analyze’.

The key here is whole messy interconnectedness of, it seems, everything to everything else.is not, necessarily, that any one point of connection is, in itself, complicated but that by connecting that point to another point, and both those points to each other, and then doing that over and over again many, many times that what you end up with a very scary looking piece of perceived ‘complexity’.

Harvard Business News noted, in an article called ‘Learning to Live with Complexity’ by Gökçe Surgut and Rita Gunther McGrath that there are two major problems of complexity (and you do need to know the difference between complicated and complex by the way). They said, ‘We’ve observed two problems commonly faced by managers of complex systems: unintended consequences and difficulty making sense of a situation’.

·       Unintended consequences: In a complex environment, even small decisions can have surprising effects.

·       Making sense of a situation: It is very difficult, if not impossible, for an individual decision maker to see an entire complex system. This is essentially a vantage point problem: It’s hard to observe and comprehend a highly diverse array of relationships from any one location.

So, the first concern is along the lines of ‘impact any one point and who knows what this might lead to’, which is a very worrying situation many would agree.

The second is that ‘nobody can actually see the big picture’ even though we have all been trained for years to ‘look at the big picture’, which is fine until now, because the picture itself cannot be seen in its entirety or ‘complexity’.

And so, the question has to be ‘How can we understand what can’t, apparently, been viewed?’.

Which leads us naturally to the appreciation that alone, we can’t. But in the company of the many, in the land of true collaboration, the impossible becomes more than possible thanks to our colleagues and compatriots at work.

Webinar

Join myself and Neil Derbyshire from Clarizen on the morning of 5th December where we will address the 4 main challenges of VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity) and how working in a business agile mind-set can bring the rewards of stability, certainty, simplicity and clarity to your day-to-day work.

Join this free webinar to learn first-hand how:

1.    VUCA can be used as a catalyst to bringing change in your day-to-day world

2.    How a business agile mind-set will help bring stability, certainty, simplicity and clarity to your role

3.    How technology can help you overcome challenges in a VUCA world

4.    What can businesses do today to prepare for challenges in the future

Register your interest today to avoid VUCA now and in the future!

https://mkt.clarizen.com/webinar-register-how-to-become-business-agile-in-a-VUCA-world.html

Let’s Un-VUCA the VUCA world!

Peter Taylor is a change expert who has advised many other organisations on Change and Project strategy.

He is also the author of the number 1 bestselling project management book ‘The Lazy Project Manager’.

More information can be found at www.thelazyprojectmanager.comThe Complex World

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The Uncertain World

November 21, 2019

Is your business life ‘Uncertain’?

Uncertainty

Well don’t panic, you are certainly not alone, but you should accept that you are part the ‘VUCA’ world today!

U = Uncertainty: the lack of predictability, the prospects for surprise, and the sense of awareness and understanding of issues and events.

Meaning: Not able to be relied on; not known or definite.

In a Forbes article ‘What Does VUCA Really Mean?’ Jeroen Kraaijenbrink writes: ‘Uncertainty refers to the extent to which we can confidently predict the future. Part of uncertainty is perceived and associated with people’s inability to understand what is going on. Uncertainty, though, is also a more objective characteristic of an environment. Truly uncertain environments are those that don’t allow any prediction, also not on a statistical basis. The more uncertain the world is, the harder it is to predict’.

The key here is predictability, or the lack of it more to the point. We are creatures of habit and whilst we might demand change and expect change, we sure don’t want to have to change ourselves and that is all part of the uncertainty model in the VUCA world. The (almost) complete disappearance of any normality or certainty in what we do on a week by week, month by month, basis.

The optimistic would argue that when nothing is sure, everything is possible, which is true, but even the most extremely positive people can tire of constant uncertainty and continuous change that is not under their control.

The right, and only sane, approach to this I instead of trying to fight against it is to assess how we can embrace it. Because in uncertainty there is opportunity and not accepting such uncertainty will limit such opportunity.

The difficulty we, as humans, have is that our brains are wired to react with fear when we’re faced with uncertainty. It is just in a DNA; it is the fight or flight overrides that have always been with us. As uncertainty in a situation increases, then the brain shifts control over to the limbic system where our inbuilt emotions, such as fear, are generated. Basically, change worries us and uncertain or unplanned change worries us even more.

And so, the question has to be ‘How can we prepare ourselves to accept uncertainty and to move this towards certainty?’.

Addressing our core and natural reaction against uncertainty is a good place to begin, and then to identifying the positives, the opportunities through the cloud of uncertainty can bring us to a more stable and certain place.

It is about feeling that you are, in actual fact, in some sort of ‘control’.

Webinar

Join myself and Neil Derbyshire from Clarizen on the morning of 5th December where we will address the 4 main challenges of VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity) and how working in a business agile mind-set can bring the rewards of stability, certainty, simplicity and clarity to your day-to-day work.

Join this free webinar to learn first-hand how:

  1. VUCA can be used as a catalyst to bringing change in your day-to-day world
  2. How a business agile mind-set will help bring stability, certainty, simplicity and clarity to your role
  3. How technology can help you overcome challenges in a VUCA world
  4. What can businesses do today to prepare for challenges in the future

Register your interest today to avoid VUCA now and in the future!

https://mkt.clarizen.com/webinar-register-how-to-become-business-agile-in-a-VUCA-world.html

Let’s Un-VUCA the VUCA world!

 

Peter Taylor is a change expert who has advised many other organisations on Change and Project strategy.

He is also the author of the number 1 bestselling project management book ‘The Lazy Project Manager’.

More information can be found at www.thelazyprojectmanager.com

Are you living in a VUCA world?

November 13, 2019

Do you recognise this?

Is your business life ‘Volatile – Uncertain – Complex – Ambiguous’?

Are you living in a VUCA world

Well don’t panic, you are certainly not alone, but you should accept that you are part the ‘VUCA’ world today!

VUCA is an acronym originally used by the American Military. It was the response of the US Army War College to the collapse of the USSR in the early 1990s when, suddenly, there was no longer the only enemy, resulting in a need for new ways of seeing and reacting.

VUCA is now regularly used in business circles to recognize the increasingly dynamic and fast-paced business world we live in today. The challenges that VUCA represent are obvious in a world where businesses must react quickly and have the ability to change direction based on fact not fiction.

Volatility refers to the speed of change in your business, sector, industry, location, etc.

  • It is associated with demand variables and market fluctuations and drives businesses to faster changes.

Uncertainty is about knowing what the future might look like.

  • It is associated with the inability to understand what is going on despite any amount of data that has been collected in the past, and this becomes a self-accelerating reality with uncertainty building on uncertainty.

Complexity refers to the number of factors that need to be taken into consideration when making decisions or plans.

  • The more complex the world is, the harder it is to try and understand all aspects and their interrelationship with each other.

Ambiguity refers to a lack of clarity about how to interpret something.

  • When there is a lack of clarity in knowledge points and often conflicting possible meanings then translating this into meaningful information can be impossible.

In practice, the four terms are both related and fed each other to make for an ever increasing VUCA existence for your business.

If it is complex and volatile, then the harder it is to predict and the more uncertain it will be.

Business Agile is the solution

The key is to not live with the ‘fear’ of VUCA but address the challenges it offers and consider ‘solutions’ that can progress your business to a different landscape.

VUCA can be a good thing, a positive thing if you approach it the right way. It can be used as a catalyst to bringing change in your day-to-day world and to progress your business to a new status:

From: Volatile To: Stable

From: Uncertainty To: Certainty

From: Complexity To: Simplicity

From: Ambiguity To: Clarity

A ‘Business Agile’ mind-set will help bring stability, certainty, simplicity and clarity to your role and to your business, and technology can help you overcome the challenges in a VUCA world to aid this transition. It is possible to Un-VUCA the VUCA world.

Your Journey to Business Agility

Organisations are waking up to the fact that they need to adapt today so they can compete in a fast, ever changing environment. But, as Darwin said, success comes to those who are not the strongest, but the most responsive to change.

Hiding your head in the sand whilst the VUCA world surrounds you will not help but taking action to become Business Agile will.

Bill George, a senior fellow at Harvard Business School, puts the argument forward that VUCA demands a new leadership response which he calls VUCA 2.0: Vision, Understanding, Courage and Adaptability.

These are the basic foundations of a Business Agile world.

Webinar

Join myself and Neil Derbyshire from Clarizen on the morning of 5th December where we will address the 4 main challenges of VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity) and how working in a business agile mind-set can bring the rewards of stability, certainty, simplicity and clarity to your day-to-day work.

Join this free webinar to learn first-hand how:

  1. VUCA can be used as a catalyst to bringing change in your day-to-day world
  2. How a business agile mind-set will help bring stability, certainty, simplicity and clarity to your role
  3. How technology can help you overcome challenges in a VUCA world
  4. What can businesses do today to prepare for challenges in the future

Register your interest today to avoid VUCA now and in the future!

https://mkt.clarizen.com/webinar-register-how-to-become-business-agile-in-a-VUCA-world.html

Let’s Un-VUCA the VUCA world!

Peter Taylor is a change expert who has advised many other organisations on Change and Project strategy.

He is also the author of the number 1 bestselling project management book ‘The Lazy Project Manager’.

More information can be found at www.thelazyprojectmanager.com