1 Nov 2016

Rethinking management in a time of VUCA

VUCA world is the volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous nature of today’s global business environment!

In time of increasing turbulence and dynamism that define the VUCA world - the volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous nature of today’s global business environment inside and outside the meeting & event industry - many people need to rethink their peronal and professional pathways, to find new keys to success and second chances. In order to face the nature, speed, volume, magnitude, and dynamics of change, the lack of predictability of issues and events, the confounding of issues and the chaos that surrounds any organization, the haziness of reality and the mixed meanings of conditions, we should remove our greatest obstacle, the illusion of knowledge, and start a journey into change and transformation with responsability, awareness, creativity and fun. The rethinking management process is based on cognitive experiences  and performing activities  with a critical impact on people, communities, organisations.

The first step is to set the scene and analyse the stage of  lifecycle (personal, professional, inside and outside the company) and go through what we identify as the 16 R-Factors critical to professional recreation, to translate our need of change into action.  

Quoting Daniel J. Boorstin “The courage to imagine the otherwise is our greatest resource, adding color and suspense to all our life”. To this purpose, we need to cultivate and stimulate an open and explorative mind-set to be imaginative, curious, perceptive, creative, artistic, thoughtful and intellectual. Researches conducted by Scott Barry Kaufman reveal that the desire to learn and discover seemed to have significantly more bearing on creative accomplishments than cognitive ability did. He found that people with high levels of cognitive engagement with imagination, emotions and beauty were more likely to make significant artistic creative achievements than people who were only high in IQ or divergent thinking ability (the ability to explore many possible solutions to a problem).

We are surrounded by daily VUCA context, but we have been entered the era of the curious leaders, where success may be less about having all the answers and more about wondering and questioning. When asked recently to name the one attribute CEOs will need most to succeed in the turbulent times ahead, Michael Dell, the chief executive of Dell, Inc., replied “I would place my best on curiosity.” To raise awareness of the potential new approaches to reality and V.U.C.A context we train people to put the 16 R-Factors into practice through creative labs, developing new skills, abilities, knowledge, to face tangible and intangible aspects of the lifecycle, to change perspectives and write new stories.

Written by Olimpia Ponno, Past President MPI Italia Chapter

For more information on the topic you are kindly invited to attend the session 'The R-factors (keys to success) of creativity: Rethinking management in a time of VUCA' on 30th November at IBTM  at 11:00 - 11:45 Room 3, or send your point of view to info@olimpiaponno.com and continue the discussion online.

 

 

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