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“VUCA” Leadership: Leveraging "VUCA Prime" to Thrive in Turbulent Times…"

26 Apr 2017 2:06 PM | Kristen Thomason (Administrator)

This session our "intentional networking" piece was excellently facilitated by Sobita Upadhyay who introduced some wonderful call backs to TERA from our last event with Michael Bungay Stanier, and really got us thinking about our professional goals. Sobita then challenged us to think about our goals and wants for TODN and wonderful discussion took place between new members and familiar faces.

Rob Elkington then kicked off the evening with an exercise designed to illustrate how individuals and teams function in a VUCA environment. Placing attendees into three groups, each group was given a directive to achieve as a team written on a card. The only catch? Once we had read the card we were not able to use verbal communication to achieve this goal. The result? Absolute chaos!

After some of us had managed to tip chairs over, others to rearrange them in pairs, others trying to make them into a circle around the edges of the room one thing was clear – the room was a disaster. Most of us had lost our original teams, some had formed new teams, some had given up, and others were loving the anarchy!

It became apparent that we need strong guiding frameworks to prepare us to address times of Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity (VUCA). With that Rob launched in to problem solving models and we discovered how Linear Problem solving does not work in a VUCA world. For that we need Vision, Understanding, Clarity and Agility; or the VUCA Prime model. A really fascinating topic that sparked some great dialogue.

Presentation slides for this event are attached here TODN Leveraging VUCA Prime.pdf and you can read a great case study for Google here.

Thanks Rob for a truly insightful presentation and really interesting discourse on leveraging VUCA. We can't wait for the the soon to be published (May, 2017, Emerald): “Visionary Leadership in a Turbulent World: Thriving in the New VUCA Context.” 

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday June 8thfor our “Wine Conference”.


  • 27 Apr 2017 9:34 AM | Glennie Mercer
    I've already used this with a client and it was really helpful - opened up and focused thinking and planning! Practical application!
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  • 03 May 2017 7:10 PM | Anonymous
    I loved the Google case study!
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