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By Ben Baran, Ph.D. , Agility Analytics Practice Leader


That's one key message I learned while writing the inaugural issue of The VUCA Report™, which outlines findings from an ongoing study I'm spearheading here through The Strategic Agility Institute.

This study essentially focuses on two elements: (a) the forces of change that executives face and (b) what they're doing about it. We were fortunate to have had 280 responses (from almost as many different organizations) to analyze for this first issue of The VUCA Report™.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this global, collaborative effort.

Regarding the forces of change, we built upon the "VUCA" framework, which was first coined by social scientists at the U.S. Army War College in the early 1990s. VUCA stands for four aspects of turbulence, so to speak: volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. 

Exclusive Interview with Global Talent Management Expert -- Mary Eckenrod
by Nick Horney, Ph.D., Leadership Agility Practice Leader
Articles about The Gig Economy have been written during the past 18 months with the focus technology-enabled on-demand work opportunities with Uber, Airbnb, TaskRabbit, to name a few.  However, little has been written about the impact of The Gig Economy on Human Resources Professionals as it relates to the challenges of the growing importance of this new "Talent Management Portfolio™."  I had the fortune to recently interview Mary Eckenrod, the former VP of Global Talent Management for Johnson Controls, Blackberry, Lenovo and Cisco about the global talent challenges for Chief Human Resources Officers presented by The Gig Economy. 

Mary, your global responsibility for talent management over the past 15 years has taken you China, Singapore, Europe and elsewhere.  How is The Gig Economy becoming a compelling global business and human resources issue now and into the future?

Well, let's take a look globally at The Gig Economy...

(and that Most Organizations Struggle with the Challenge)
By Mike Richardson, Team Agility Practice Leader

The inaugural VUCA Report (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity) reveals that the most challenging element of agility which most organizations struggle with is decision making.  Tough at the best of times. in an increasingly VUCA world, decision making must become more agile:
  • The report's VUCA-Index is 69.57/100 (respondents increasing VUCA in the future)
  • The report's respondents assess their Decision-Making capability as only 3.54/6.00 (and the lowest score of 15 agility capabilities)
  • >>> Note:  Volume 1, Issue 1 of The VUCA Report™ is now available! If you participated, you'll receive your copy automatically by e-mail. If not, simply participate in the survey at The VUCA Report and you'll get access to Volume 1, Issue 1 immediately upon completion).

Agile decision making is a quandary for most organizations.  Their journey as a business depends upon their stepping stones of decisions.  Indeed, any business can be thought of as a transaction-flow of decisions.Read more:

By Tom O'Shea, CMC , Organizational Agility Practice Leader

It's been over 10 years now since Hurricane Katrina pummeled New Orleans and surrounding area with devastating floods, winds and destruction with a prolonged LEVEL FIVE pounding from Mother Nature.  Last week, our Agility Consulting team of practice leaders and affiliates met in New Orleans to co-sponsor and participate in the 2016 HUMAN CAPITAL INSTITUTE SUMMIT.  We were there along with about 300 business and HR leaders from large and small organizations seeking new insights and success stories for how to navigate in the LEVEL FIVE VUCA we all fight each day.

Just as powerful as the forces of nature found in New Orleans ten years ago, the ideas and stories shared by most all presenters at the SUMMIT last week confirmed AGILITY and its inherent core belief system as the juggernaut needed to successful shift or PIVOT to the necessary mindsets, behaviors and capabilities.  For me, the HCI SUMMIT reinforced the real value proposition that comes from meaningful interaction with other serious and thoughtful people who recognize the need to be agile in our learning and open to important ways to adapt and become stronger.  We might say BE AGILE = BE STRONG.  

Creating Agility in a VUCA World!


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