I recently attended an organizational change management conference where a futurist delivered a jolting keynote speech. He talked about how we are living in a VUCA world, and that the next 10 years will not get any better and, in fact, may get worse.
VUCA stands for Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity. The world economy, speed of technological change and so many other factors makes our world a VUCA world. His message was this: prepare ourselves by building personal resiliency.
At first, I gasped along with the rest of the audience during his speech. Later on, my reaction to his message was agreement, however, with a perspective that we are essentially already in a VUCA world. We are already in a state of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. I think most people already feel the buildup of pressure, that’s why so many people seek comfort and refuge.
Our life is a journey. Everyone goes through good times, bad times, and personal VUCA times. Don’t you think that most generations previous to us also thought they lived in VUCA times? I think they did – it just had different labels.
It’s all about perspective. If we stay awake and aware, we can stay grounded to what life is about. We can weather the ups and downs of life. Cultivating meditation and mindfulness keeps us grounded. Meditation and mindfulness keeps things real. It brings our awareness back to our center and spirit. It builds our personal resiliency.
If you have a perspective on what VUCA means to you and how you manage through it, I invite you to share it by commenting on this post.