Solutions for VUCA? Yes, but it’s not a technical issue to be solved.

You probably have heard that the world is more V(ulnerable), U(ncertainty) is higher, there is more C(omplexity) and A(mbiguity) – in short. VUCA. While these 4 letters are spelled out easily the implications of the dynamics behind it is far greater.

While in the 20st century the underlying assumption towards the world was a mechanical one, today it is the network. A mechanistic view is driven by the idea of a machine. Input in, Output out. The most important variables are known, can be influenced and therefore managed. Change is rare and if necessary there is time to plan. The idea is that the “larger the engine” the better the results. A network is the opposite: Oftentimes the relevant variables can only be anticipated, and the only way to find out more is testing them. Change is the modus operandi – the interconnections of the network may or may not change – but they do quickly. It is not size but far more interconnectedness that influence impact and value creation.

What makes it hard to deal with VUCA is the fact that most leaders and co-workers have been brought up in a school system with a traditional mechanistiv view. The ones that learn best “by heart” and are the most compliant get the best grades. This is true from middle school until college. For organizations this means that to conquer and rise upon this change they need to change the minds and hearts to a new paradigm – not simply a gradual improvement.

This is what fascinates us at Quantonomics. We see the opportunity for organizations that move ahead – together with their colleagues to – to develop a mindset that uses VUCA to their advantage. Yes, this is possible.

Lars Sonderegger