Your Place in the VUCA World
The aim for the VUCA Playground one day session is to understand what the VUCA world means for you and your place in it.
You will do this by boosting your personal effectiveness, building on a strong foundation of cutting edge ideas, challenging underlying assumptions, and inspiring the unconventional.
By the end of the session, you will get a firm grasp and understanding of VUCA and its implications on the world you live in, or your VUCA Playground. The evidence unveiled and packed into this day will make a real difference to how you think, act and behave.
The one day session is delivered through using Psychological Artistry, our own unique way of exploring these ideas.
The Mindsways VUCA Frameworks
The VUCA Frameworks are a comprehensive set of models and ideas that cover a wide range of thinking skills, mindsets and approaches to business.
It is particularly relevant today due to the high level of uncertainty (politically, economically, and emotionally) that we're experiencing all around us.You can use the VUCA models to navigate how we deal with all the issues facing us in the 21st Century.
In the content of the session, we pull on a blend of ideas from Neuroscience, Complexity Theory, Behavioural Economics and Leadership Thinking.
Although widely researched and understood, these ideas are still elitist and rarely articulated in everyday practices. We have developed the VUCA Negative and VUCA Positive approaches as practical methods to fully understand the implications of VUCA and VUCA Prime.
The VUCA Framework encompasses four models. Click on each of the titles below to learn more about each specific model.
The first VUCA consisted of Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity. These are the four forces which contribute to the most negativity and distress in the 21st Century.
We live in a world which is constantly shifting; a world where our politics, economics, spirituality, and identity politics are on the verge of disappearing or changing forever. This is the first of the VUCA forces, Volatility, that can make us feel on edge and stressed.
As our foundations are shaken, we feel Uncertain about who we are and our future. We face the Complexity of modern day life, where we face the overwhelming march of technology, the strange magic of the Internet and the Ambiguity of information.
The second VUCA is what is called VUCA Prime, and was generated as a counterbalance to VUCA. It is made up of Vision/Intent, Understanding, Clarity and Agility. They are the four counter-forces which help us to be happier and more fulfilled.
There are three stages to developing your own future; See It As It Is, See It Better Than It Is, Make It So. These three stages reflect the fundamental truth of Vision and Intent, setting you up for long-term success. Vision and Intent are the first and most major positive forces in our world.
When we have established our Vision and Intent, we gain Understanding of ourselves and others and which behaviours we must undertake. From this comes Clarity, a clear and detailed view of the world, and to act on these ideas, we must develop our Agility.
We have developed the third VUCA as our own VUCA Negative. This has come from our own research and observations over the past 5 years. It is made of Vulnerable, Uncomfortable, Confused and Afraid. These are the four negative feelings and states of being which lead to negativity.
When we have low energy, low self-esteem and a short threshold of planning and forward thinking, we find ourselves easily affected and swamped by our stresses and anxiety. Vulnerability is the most damaging and dangerous force because it opens us up to long-term negativity.
When feeling vulnerable, we find ourselves out of sorts with the world and our behaviour, leading us to feel Uncomfortable. As we continue feeling out of place, we'll become Confused about where we're going and Afraid that we may never find our way out of this negative place.
We have developed the fourth VUCA as our own VUCA Positive. This has come from our own research and observations over the past 5 years. It is made of Vibrancy, Uniqueness, Confidence, and Adept. Put together, these four energies boost your confidence, creativity, and core values.
When we fight against the negative forces, we must have a large and accessible well of energy and passion. Vibrancy is this combination, giving you the capability to follow through on your Vision/Intent and Understanding.
To tap into your Vibrancy, you must be able to define your Uniqueness. What are your unique skills and passion that you wish to follow? Why do you do what you do? Knowing this will help your Confidence, and combining all three of the positive energies will make you Adept.
OUR CONTRIBUTION TO THE VUCA FRAMEWORKS
The VUCA Negative and VUCA Positive are opposing forces which are filtered through how we deal with VUCA and VUCA Prime. We can find ourselves being pulled towards either VUCA Negative, with its more destructive impacts, or the we can push ourselves into the VUCA Positive, with its more productive impacts.
This is why our mindset is so important. The way we respond to the forces which VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity) has on us dictates our personal effectiveness and affects our thinking skills and decision making. This in turn has a huge impact on how we feel, act and behave.
When we are pulled in by the negativity of VUCA Negative, we feel threatened at a deep and disturbing level. Too much time spent in the VUCA Negative, i.e. the threat condition, stimulates the stress responses. Which has consequences for us psychologically and physiologically.
Time spent in the VUCA Positive contributes to our overall feeling of achievement and well-being.
Our productivity is a result of our physical output (products, delivery, ideas etc.) and our psychological mindset. If the psychological mindset is negative or out of balance, this directly effects our productivity. This is why understanding these forces is really important for you and for those you work with.
Neuroleadership and VUCA Frameworks
VUCA is an exciting framework that highlights and aids us in explaining what we are witnessing day by day in our lives. It provides insights into how some people are feeling stressed, burnout and overwhelmed, whilst others are feeling invigorated and challenged.
VUCA shows us that there is a need for us to explore;
Co – evaluation
Emergence of the unexpected
Collapse and Adaptability
Neuroleadership and VUCA
The findings from Neuroleadership (the study of neuroscience and leadership) show us that you can increase your brain's capacity and enhance your performance through the power of neuroplasticity. This means you can choose what you develop. You can achieve this through enhancing individual brain strength, cultivating healthy relationships and developing high quality collective thinking. Understanding the VUCA frameworks brings all of these into a sharp focus.
We're constantly scanning a wide range of the latest academic thinking and applying them to what we teach you in the clearest possible way. We take care to focus on findings which are widely accepted, because there is so much power that you can gain from a few scientific tweaks. After all, small changes every day can lead to big differences over time. Put together, this produces a blend of scientific evidence, practical techniques and real-world experiences.
USING EMERGENT KNOWLEDGE
Our delivery on this day pulls from Emergent Knowledge. Utilising this is a key to your consistent development and personal effectiveness.
The domains we pull from are;