Who do you become in a tough environment?

Have you ever wondered how you can stay grounded, and lead your team with confidence and certainty, even when the rate of change is happening so fast, that you are having trouble keeping up?

This is one of the most common scenarios we see with both entrepreneurs and businesses owners, and the question that invariably comes up in such situations for them is “ Who do I need to be, or become in this situation?”

First used in 1987, drawing on the leadership theories of Warren Bennis and Burt Nanus and later used within the military an acronym V.U.C.A. started to emerge in discussions and communication to describe the “fog of war” that is so common in battlefields.

V.U.C.A. is an acronym – to describe or to reflect on the degree of

  1. Volatility

  2. Uncertainty

  3. Complexity and

  4. Ambiguity of general conditions and situations

And whilst such an environment would be incredibly stressful for some individual, others thrive in such conditions.

Many of our coaching clients who are entrepreneurs, and businesses owners who have experienced rapid growth in their companies face situations where there are so many moving parts, so many unknowns. They are are in a classic VUCA environment.

So in these situations, the focus becomes less on what I have to do to react to the demands placed on me, and more to:

Who do I need to become in this moment, in order to move forward with as much confidence and certainty as possible.

And if there were specific skills sets that would support your leadership and decision making under such situations, some of them could include:

  • Situational Awareness - Having a clear understanding of what is going on

  • Being totally Present, and Focused

  • An understanding of your own Thought processes

  • Intuition - Trusting that thought, voice or feeling within you without reasoning or perception

  • Learning Agility - An ability and willingness to learn from all types of experiences

  • Adaptability - A willingness to Change in order to Adapt to different conditions

  • Managing your Emotions - Responding from your most empowered state rather than acting from a place of fear, doubt, frustration and anger

We are currently immersing ourselves in this exact topic into via a research project designed to help the entrepreneurs and business owners we work with identify and harness their decision making and leadership skills.

By interviewing, studying and researching individuals who have thrived in such environments, our intention is to break down, and code the specific skill sets they use, that if employed by others would accelerate their capacity to experience such confidence and certainty, and invariably help them thrive in such VUCA environments.

We look forward to releasing our findings, and launching our training programs and mastermind groups in these areas. Stay tuned for more information.

If you would like to know more about this specific new offering, please feel free to contact us to discuss.