Like many of you I have enjoyed ‘decoupling’ from my daily newspaper and google searches to make the most of the summer break and amazing weather. I have spent my time relaxing and contemplating what a great year 2015 is going to be. So in my imaginative and fully committed mind set, 2015 will be awesome.
When I did finally catch up with the news it seems the rest of the world wasn’t privy to my vision for the year. What with plane crashes in Indonesia, terrorist activity in France and mass murder in Nigeria … happy new V.U.C.A!
V.U.C.A stands for Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity. It’s a military term that is used to ensure all strategies are planned with the certainty that nothing will go to plan, because the world is V.U.C.A .
If I dwell too long on the shocking global acts that are occurring, it can begin to challenge my vision for 2015, and so I had to make a decision. Go with what the world is experiencing for 2015, or counter balance it with my vision.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not in denial of the world’s events. I’ve just chosen to step up, along with all my colleagues at Cultures AT Work, to ensure that anyone who comes into contact with us this year can expect to be on the receiving end of extremely high levels of engagement and service.
We have chosen to ensure our work and culture for this year and beyond will be a small, but significant contribution to counterbalance the shocking events occurring in our world.
Our commitment is that our work and culture will be empathetic, creative, effective and designed to solve your problems and challenges. Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world”.
Cultural Question To Consider.
Here is my question, my challenge to you and your culture.
Starting today, how can your company culture and the work it generates embody the changes you want to see in the world?
Take some time in your workplace to pose and answer this question, gather people’s ideas and then, as a collective body of people, commit to delivering the best of who you all are to a world in need of people at their best.
And remember, as fellow anthropologist Margaret Meads famously noted, “Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact it is the only thing that ever has.”