The world today is undergoing massive upheavals and change — ecological, social, political, technological, demographic, and more. Organizations are not immune from the impact of these interconnected forces, and are on the cusp of a massive transformation. A shift from viewing organizations as “machines of production and profit” to perceiving organizations as complex, adaptive, living systems shaped by interconnectedness and relationships is gradually taking place. Newtonian physics has given way to Quantum physics and Chaos Theory presenting a completely different view of the world. It is now apparent that our volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) world won’t lend itself to being controlled and managed.
This articles talks about how organizations situated in this VUCA world are struggling to survive using traditional methods of management and leadership — top-down, linear, control-driven, constantly striving for predictability in an unpredictable world. The map is no longer adequate; the terrain has changed.