The VUCA Potential

The leaders of the agencies with which I worked – agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation and others – have planned potential scenarios and practiced taking action for each contingency.

The leaders at these agencies take into consideration what they can see and quantify (things that are tangible) and what the potential risks are based on the number of weapons available to those people in hiding places, the terrain or a vehicle.

They then deem the mindsets of these people (that which is intangible), their stress level, tenacity and what they might be afraid of. Then they ask what these potential consequences could mean for them. It’s what is called VUCA:

  • V (volatile)
  • U (uncertain)
  • C (chaotic)
  • A (ambiguous)

These VUCA environments create learning opportunities, where these professionals practice scenarios, repeatedly looking for risks and the qualifiers for those risks.

These individuals of brave men and women in the police department, SWAT and FBI who have undergone such teachings gain a life experience that significantly helps them grow. We have learned greatly from their stories in putting together this series of blogs, and in creating our process of fearless leadership, which we now teach.

In the next few blogs, I’d like to share with you several stories that each demonstrate the qualities of truly fearless leaders. This next one is another remarkable example that is incredibly powerful and important.

First, let us ask: Do you remember when you first heard Osama Bin Laden’s name? Perhaps you were enjoying a swim on a warm summer’s day or perhaps you remember the moment the world learned his name with you on July 18, 2001.

Stay tuned for the next blog to find out more.

For questions about this post or for information on becoming a fearless leader, contact Dr. Cathy Greenberg and The Fearless Leader Group at (888) 320-1299 or by email at hello@fearlessequalsfreedom.com.

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