From My Notebook – Page 22

Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity

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

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