“When will we realize that the fact that we can become accustomed to anything, however disgusting at first, makes it necessary to examine carefully everything we have become accustomed to.” — George Bernard Shaw, A Treatise on Parents and Children
“Our greatest weariness comes from work not done.” — Eric Hoffer, Reflections on the Human Condition
Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity
Leading in a VUCA world by Gen. George W. Casey Jr. (Ret.)
The leader’s role in: it’s not the best plan that wins, it’s the best at executing the plan that wins.
VUCA = Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity. Term coined by the US Army War College.
The more VUCA the environment, the harder it is to understand the situation, the harder it is to articulate a clear way forward.
No. 1 question: “What are we really trying to accomplish?” The clearer the objective, even if not best, the better the execution.
No clear focus equals no common purpose. No common purpose equals ineffective execution.
“A leader’s first duty — to point a clear way ahead.”
Intellectual and emotional energy are limited, use in areas that have the highest payoff.
Leader’s first priority is developing and articulating a clear vision to drive the organization’s actions. The clearer the vision, the better the execution.
— Fortune, April 7, 2014
“Historically, anything that gets information to people is good for the world. The most important human being who ever lived, if you want to leave out religious figures, would be Johannes Gutenberg… that’s when the liberation of human thought happened, because people could read the thoughts of people across the world, and have thoughts of their own, and publish them and spread information around.” — Tom Clancy, Interview on Larry King Live
“If we sit and talk in a dark room, words suddenly acquire new meanings and different textures.” — Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media
“A man who procrastinates in his choosing will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance.” — Hunter S. Thompson, The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman
“Don’t fight forces, use them.” — Buckminster Fuller, Shelter