It's VUCA - the film
We live in an age of crushing change and uncertainty that bombards us with volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity, fear, anxiety – and distrust. There is a name for this: IT’S VUCA.
VUCA isn’t just the problem…it’s also the solution.
The future is moving faster than we think, and as we learned in 2020, 2021 and 2022, the world is not prepared for it. The goal is to transform the world from negative VUCA to positive VUCA.
IT’S VUCA is a movement from the USA. Waltraud Glaeser is part of this movement, internationally networked, with outstanding approaches to translate VUCA positively.
The film “It’s VUCA” by American director Chris Sean Nolan is a journey to discover the answers to what you are going through – helping you overcome overwhelm and succeed under conditions of VUCA NOW and TOMORROW.
The Great Conversation
Ron Worman is the Founder and CEO of The Sage Group® and The Great Conversation. Over the last 30 years The Sage Group has been helping companies build and execute a ‘value’ strategy that leverages their internal and external relationships.
The premise of a great conversation is that ideas will change the world. Harnessing the ideas and then discussing their practical application can change market ecosystems. Innovations within market ecosystems will change leader’s strategy, planning and execution plans.
People perform roles in a process using technology. They are organized and managed. And in the best companies they are led to a greater purpose.
We have a great conversation around helping leaders “return to curiosity” about themselves, the others around them, and their impact on their companies and the world. We come away with a positive substitution for the VUCA acronym: Vision, Understanding, Clarity, and Adaptability. And that is a worthy starting point for leader’s growth, personally, professionally, and within the context of their business.
We have been pursuing the guides that can help us be better leaders in this VUCA world, and we found another in Germany: Waltraud Glaeser.
Luckily it's only VUCA
In mid-November 2021, despite Corona, we managed to bring VUCA to Mauritius.
Waltraud Glaeser held a half day workshop on the topic “Luckily it’s only VUCA” with HR and service executives of a large hotel chain from Mauritius.
Together with our local partner, Kesho Gooriah – Managing Director of “Soft Skills Mauritius”, the workshop was prepared and conducted.
The participants got an impression of what VUCA means in their environment and how further collaboration could look like.
In the very close-to-nature camp “Domaine de Lagrave”, everyone was involved with a lot of fun and commitment.
Another contact is with Hartmut Sieper from “Pro Mauritius”.
He operates from Mauritius, where he relocated from Germany in 2015 and where he founded his company “Transformative Technologies PCC”.
Hartmut Sieper advises entrepreneurs, self-employed persons, companies and investors about Mauritius as a place of business and residence.
Navigating in a VUCA World
In November, Waltraud Glaeser conducted a one-day online workshop on the topic
“Navigating in a VUCA World” with a major organization from Riga, Latvia.
After an introductory lecture, the following questions were addressed in three break out sessions:
– WHY: Create awareness! Why should you be aware of the VUCA impacts in context of your Leadership?
– HOW: How did you handle VUCA impacts on your Leadership so far?
– WHAT: What changes are required and how to approach them?
The questions were based on the “Golden Circle” according to Simon Sinek.
What is VUCA? An adventure journey in search of a definition
Waltraud Glaeser was asked to write an article on VUCA for a major New Zealand journal to be published next year in 2022:
VUCA is on everyone’s lips. It is the subject of corporate strategies. Moreover, an entire consulting discipline has formed around this term. However, what exactly VUCA is remains fuzzy. Attempts at definitional delimitation are often limited to the resolution of the acronym.
The article will highlight the following aspects:
- What is VUCA? – An adventure journey in search of a definition extracted from various sources. In the process, characteristics of the definitions will be crystallized.
- This is VUCA – a proposal for a definition based on the findings from the first chapter.
- How to apply VUCA – the experience of decades advises companies on how to deal with VUCA.
United Arab Emirates
VUCA goes Middle East
Timestream professionals are a team with years of diverse experience in business consulting, development, delivery and implementation of IT solutions in the UAE, Middle East and beyond.
They offer industry knowledge and experience in delivering a smooth agile transition with digital transformation.
Timestream partners with best-in-class business agility experts and software vendors to help clients improve their business agility maturity.
The VUCA-WORLD strategy aligns very well with the Business Agility concept and the Business Agility Institute (BAI) agility model. In fact, these two approaches complement each other.
Waltraud Glaeser of VUCA world and Shahid Osmani Managing Director of the Timestream Group agreed on a collaboration that will soon result in concrete offerings.
Empowerment by Agile Teambuilding
An international company based in Switzerland is in the process of optimizing the current leadership style of their teams:
Empowerment through Agility & Self-Organization, because a learning behavior is needed that can deal with high speed of change, high uncertainty and high interdependencies in a complex environment!
VUCA requires a realignment of leadership and communication: the increase in volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity requires the company to align itself differently and to ensure good results with new leadership behavior under changed conditions.
Waltraud Glaeser facilitates this journey towards purpose, alignment and commitment by gaining self-organization, empowerment and role clarity. The managers of various teams have been prepared for this shift in mindset and paradigms digitally, but also in face-to-face workshops.
A facilitated and moderated process was set up together, following the taylorized principles in the idea of Scrum logic to create value (tackle complex adaptive problems, proceed iteratively and collaboratively, learn through experience, act self-organized, challenge each other, reflect on gains and losses, continuously improve).
The VUKA Facilitator® for India
Global Business Events from India is one of the leading skill development companies that bridges the skills gap of employees through their interactive solutions.
Their sole aim is to create a unique platform that helps you build and grow your business. They specialize in conferences and training that bring you valuable business and better ROI.
The VUKA Facilitator® is a good addition to the Global Business Events offering and fills a gap in the Indian market.