May 29, 2020
Tom O'Shea, CMC
Organizational Agility Practice Leader

Office: 336.282.1211
Cell: 336.337.8656

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COVID-19 has created what we have been calling the VUCAVIRUS™ ... the viral global spread of extreme volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity!  It certainly has become viral in nature as it infects every part of our economic, political, social and even metaphysical domains of our lives. 

I venture to say that our current global condition is even far beyond the imagination of those social scientists at the U.S. Army War College who first coined the term VUCA to describe and label the extremely turbulent and disruptive world into which they were sending young military leaders in the late 1990's.  

We are now operating in what we might classify as a "Level 5" VUCA context where unimaginable levels of unpredictable volatility and uncertainty are bringing vexing levels of complexity and ambiguity thereby making being a leader today extraordinarily challenging and exhausting.  

This VUCAVIRUS™ is insidious in how it progressively penetrates and disables so many of our trusted operating systems.  It is somewhat like those nasty viruses that used to attack our computers and made them dysfunctional and disabled.  No doubt the VUCAVIRUS™ is light years beyond this example - but the potential calls to action may be similar.

I t's time to REBOOT and UPGRADE our operating systems
to a more AGILE paradigm for our leaders, our teams and overall enterprise.  It starts with coming to grips with what we call the  AGILITY CORE BELIEF SYSTEM . This imperative became very clear to me back in 2015 while we were finishing the writing and publishing of our book entitled  FOCUSED, FAST & FLEXIBLE: Creating the Agility Advantage in a VUCA WORLD.

Let me know your thoughts!

04-10-2020 07:30:44 AM
In my March 10 blog, I introduced the notion that we are all experiencing the VUCAVIRUS in all aspects of our lives right now.   We are all living the essence of viral volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA) and it looks like it will continue for some time ahead.  During the past 30 days, my wife and I have [...]...»
03-10-2020 08:25:33 AM

I was talking with my youngest son Kevin this afternoon about all the craziness happening in the world ... coronavirus, stock market mania, countries like Italy restricting border access and the sudden, disruptive and uneasy feeling we all are experiencing.  We were talking about cornovirsus and VUCA in our conversation and he merged them into [...]...»

01-07-2020 15:10:32 PM
'Tis the season for new year resolutions, promises and commitments.  Seems like 2020 should be a great year to create new vision and focus on those things that really matter in your business and in our personal lives. The root word for resolution is RESOLVE - which means a "firm determination to accomplish something of meaning".  Living our [...]...»
12-02-2019 12:35:34 PM
"The pace of change has never been this fast, yet it will never be this slow again." This is a profound and true declaration from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaking last year at the 2018 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.  His next line might be equally important ... "You are rightly anxious about [...]...»

11-25-2019 16:11:21 PM

Conversation Flow Leads to Cash Flow ... is a frequently used call to arms and action from Mike Richardson, a former team agility practice leader in Agility Consulting as well as a long-time agility thought leader based out in the beautiful southern California foothills.  There is great wisdom for leaders and organizations baked inside of [...]...»

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