How is it possible to remain balanced in a VUCA world?

  • Fact: It is an undeniable fact that the world we live in today is characterized by Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity (VUCA). Those who are in a positon of responsibility—at home or at work—cannot escape the challenges posed by the demands of leadership in a world of such intensity and escalating chaos. Since “being responsible” is an essential dimension of leadership, the temptation to overfunction is strong and powerful. Recall, the definition of overfunctioning is “to think, feel or act for another in a way that erodes another’s capacity for ownership or thoughtful action.”
  • Action:Action: How to balance legitimate claims of responsibility that are ours as leaders, without feeling responsible for what is not ours to carry is a huge issue. Try this: (1) Make a high-level list of no more than 10 of the major areas/things that you feel responsible for at home or at work. (2) Then go back and thoughtfully put a percentage number beside each item, indicating how much of the responsibility is truly yours to carry. (3) Finally, go back a second time and put the percentage that represents how much you feel and act as if you are responsible for each item. (4) Study the items where there is a significant difference in the percentage numbers, and consider the implications where it appears you are overfunctioning.