Performing in a VUCA-Plus World

Performing in a VUCA-Plus World

William Berguiqst offers a 45 minute presentation on the implications for perfomrance in organizations of six major environmental challenges of the mid-21st Century.Performing in a VUCA-Plus World.. In these challenging times, it is appropriate to identify ways we must perform in organizational settings that are volatile (V) and filled with uncertainty (U) and complexity (C) as well as ambiguity (A). We can add turbulence and contradiction to this widely acknowledged VUCA description (yielding VUCA-Plus). Unique performance challenges associated with each setting are identified—with a focus on turbulence and contradiction. Performance strategies are described when facing four states of organizational turbulence and confronting organizational contradictions (especially polarities).

Notes from Dr. Bergquist’s presentation:


Rapid change in an unpredictable manner.
Systemic impact: Changes Everywhere – Change curves on top of change curves
Personal impact: often surprised and unprepared.

Create and be guided by a compelling image of the future.


Lack of continuity and resulting lack of clarity regarding what is going to happen from day to day.
Systemic impact: hard to plan for the future or even for one or two days from now given that nothing seems to be permanently in place — Contingency planning rather than tactical or strategic planning
Personal impact: must keep schedule and expectations quite flexible.

Appreciative Perspective: Identify and engage the distinctive strengths and learn from past successes of your organization.

Appreciative Narrative: create a compelling image of the future for your organization.

Tactical Planning
Short-Term Micro-Planning
(small, incremental steps)

Strategic Planning
Long-Term Macro-Planning
(large, multi-tiered steps)

Contingency Planning
Multiple Options
Nested-Planning (small steps found within large steps)

Gain appreciation for the world in which you are operating and create an appreciative narrative that will guide and motivate your performance.

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Bill BergquistAn international coach and consultant, professor in the fields of psychology, management and public administration, author of more than 45 books, and president of a graduate school of psychology. Dr. Bergquist consults on and writes about personal, group, organizational and societal transitions and transformations. His published work ranges from the personal transitions of men and women in their 50s and the struggles of men and women in recovering from strokes to the experiences of freedom among the men and women of Eastern Europe following the collapse of the Soviet Union.In recent years, Bergquist has focused on the processes of organizational coaching. He is coauthor with Agnes Mura of Coachbook, co-founder of the International Journal of Coaching in Organizations and co-founder of the International Consortium for Coaching in Organizations. His graduate school, The Professional School of Psychology offers Master and Doctoral degrees in both clinical and organizational psychology to mature, accomplished adults.

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