Leadership in a VUCA World

Leadership in a VUCA World
Venue : Oberoi Hotel Dubai,
Al Abraj Street,
Date : 23/11/2016
Time : 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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We are living in a VUCA world.

  • Are you VUCA ready?
  • What does VUCA stand for?

The “V” in the VUCA acronym stands for volatility. It means the nature, speed, volume, and magnitude of change that is not in a predictable pattern (Sullivan, 2012 January 16). Volatility is turbulence, a phenomenon that is occurring more frequently than in the past.

The “U” in the VUCA acronym stands for uncertainty, or the lack of predictability in issues and events (Kinsinger & Walch, 2012). These volatile times make it difficult for leaders to use past issues and events as predictors of future outcomes, making forecasting extremely difficult and decision-making challenging (Sullivan, 2012 January 16).

The “C” in VUCA stands for complexity. As HR thought leader John Sullivan notes (2012 January 16), there are often numerous and difficult-to-understand causes and mitigating factors (both inside and outside the organization) involved in a problem. This layer of complexity, added to the turbulence of change and the absence of past predictors, adds to the difficulty of decision making. It also leads to confusion, which can cause ambiguity, the last letter in the acronym.

The “A” means ambiguity or the lack of clarity about the meaning of an event (Caron, 2009). As Sullivan writes, the “causes and the ‘who, what, where, how, and why’ behind the things that are happening (that) are unclear and hard to ascertain.” (2012 January 16). Col. Eric G. Kail defines ambiguity in the VUCA model as the “inability to accurately conceptualize threats and opportunities before they become lethal.”

Assessment Based Workshop:

Charles May, using competency based assessment technology, developed the VUCA profile to identify talent and development needs. Participants will be requested to complete a 20 min. online assessment (Harrison Assessment) prior to the event day, to receive their individual VUCA Profile during the workshop.

The VUCA Profile will reflect the individual’s tendency to skillfully face discord or strife, and the interpersonal skills necessary to deal with it effectively


If you are among the many strategic leaders frustrated with your inability to anticipate and handle the volatility and the speed of change in the talent management environment, you should take a few minutes to understand VUCA. VUCA best describes the volatile and chaotic business, economic, and physical environment that we all now face. Many in talent management have been hoping that this chaos is a short-term phenomenon, but it is a permanent condition that we must all learn how to manage under.

SPEAKER: Charles May

Author of “Are You VUCA Ready?” Charles May has a varied International business background covering Sales & Marketing, Project Management and HR ranging from Recruitment to training and development with senior management. His ability to communicate effectively and adopt a structured approach led him into management training in areas of appraisal, conflict management, performance management and leadership.


  • DQG Members: AED 2000
  • Non-Members: AED 2500


For registration / further information, please contact Mr. Saleel Shinewi on +971-4-3431950 / saleel.shinewi@dqg.org

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