DEVELOPMENT MASTERCLASS: LEADERSHIP IN VUCA TIMES
Most leaders are completely unprepared for the implications of a VUCA environment. Well established management practices have, for decades, placed the leader in control as the person who understands the environment around them. The VUCA environment means that it is impossible now for a leader to fully understand or predict the world. As a Harvard Business Review article puts it “There is a lack of information regarding just what it is that leaders should do in order to confront these conditions” (What a difference a word makes: Understanding threats to performance in a VUCA world by Nathan Bennett & G James Lemoine).
As a result, many leaders today feel that they are uncertain of how to lead effectively in this new environment. As the pressure mounts, we increasingly see that the traditional approaches do not work, managers try even harder to control. The result is often micro-management, low levels of engagement, autonomy and reduced performance.
To thrive in a VUCA environment, boundaries between roles and responsibilities need to be more flexible. Structures and processes need to be simplified and leaders themselves are required to be more adaptable and agile in their approach. In a commercial world dominated by Industry 4.0, the triple bind of management (time – cost – quality) is no longer sufficient to ensure success. Organisations need to unlearn long established patterns of behaviours and processes and engage with the new emerging leadership paradigms. This is where HR comes in. Learn how to build new Leadership Development that prepares your leaders for VUCA times.
Enabled by technology and driven by changing customer needs, this increased volatility is real for many organisations. And due to greater variety in supply and demand, increased connectedness between people and between organisations, and increased globalisation, the complexity of doing business has probably increased too – JEROEN KRAAIJENBRINK
- Explore the Leadership Development solution created for a premium automotive client
- Discover the key design elements that lead to the programme’s success
- Discuss the role and responsibility of the C-Suite during VUCA times
- Learn different approaches to developing a highly functional executive team
- Get expert help designing your own approach to implementing more agile and adaptive leadership practices in your business
Chris designed a 3-year leadership programme to help a premium German automotive company in the UK develop more creative and adaptable leaders. Against the backdrop of Brexit (a perfect example of the VUCA world), the automotive industry in the UK has been in crisis. As a result of our approach the UK manufacturing plants are now amongst the best in the World producing more than 50,000 cars a year. Chris has spoken at the United Nations in Geneva on the topic of “Leadership During the 4th Industrial Revolution”, he is also the acclaimed author of “Corporate Energy: How to Engage and Inspire Audiences”.
Kurt was previously CEO of Brockhaus, the German equivalent of Encyclopaedia Britannica. He experienced first-hand as a leader the challenges of trying to adapt a traditional business model to a rapidly changing landscape. His experience in this role taught him some crucial VUCA lessons, in spite of the efforts of the entire leadership team the pace of technological change, and shifting social attitudes ultimately lead to the closure of the company. With a background in Finance and having held both CFO and COO roles, Kurt is perfectly positioned to share lessons learned on what is required at C- Suite level during VUCA times.
Wayne has spent his whole career in the automotive industry working in roles as diverse as Purchasing, Quality and Communications. He is currently responsible for leadership development at BMW (UK) Manufacturing in Oxford. Having joined the HR function some 5 years ago, Wayne has been the key link between the OEM and Strategic Leadership in ensuring that the changing leadership behaviours required today and in the future are recognised, realised and sustained beyond the training intervention. Today’s event in the ‘Space’ is a key example of how the Business is keeping visible the leadership challenges it is facing.
You are a strategic HR leader who is responsible for ensuring that your managers have the competencies to navigate and thrive in VUCA times.
BMW’s MINI Plant Oxford won the highly prized Manufacturer of the Year 2019 as well as the Smart Factory 2019, both categories against strong competition at The Manufacturer Manufacturing Excellence (MX) Awards. One writer commented “The real thrill for me a few weeks ago was to be found inside a 100-year-old factory building where respect for British automotive heritage is combined with German innovation and a drive for efficiency.” Steven Barr, www.themanufacturer.com
Leadership development has been a critical enabler for MINI in their recent success. The turbulence in UK automotive manufacturing All has meant that leaders at plants Oxford and Swindon have lived through the reality of operating in a VUCA environment. A dedicated Leadership Space was designed and furnished to meet the needs and content of the internal Leadership Development Programme. The aim of The Space is to allow participants to move from zone to zone throughout the room in the same way they move through the programme. The Leadership Space mirrors the learning journey and is a tangible signal to all employees about how seriously the organisation takes leadership development.
The event will be held at MINI Plant, Cowley, Oxford OX4 6NL, on the 30th September 2020, 10-4pm. Reception can be found at Gate 5. Please arrive before the start time as there is a security process and delegates need to be escorted to the venue (a ten minute walk) by a member of staff.
VUCA conditions render useless any efforts to understand the future and to plan responses. When leaders are left with little to do other than wring their hands, organisational performance quickly falls at risk. NATHAN BENNETT, G JAMES LEMOINE HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW
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