What's VUCA? It's a term coined by Robert Johansen in Leaders make the future: Ten new skills for leading in an uncertain world to describe the world in the 21st century. VUCA means volatile, uncertain, chaotic and ambiguous.
No, no, no. While the author gets the components of the acronym right, VUCA is not a term "coined by Robert Johansen in Leaders make the future: Ten new skills for leading in an uncertain world."
Reducing the meaning of VUCA to something coined by a business author misses the point and reduces the validity of the underlying concept.
VUCA is a concept put forth by the US Army War College and the document now in the 3rd edition, can be found by searching for Strategic Leadership Primer - US Army War College or here: http://www.carlisle.army.mil/usawc/dclm/slp3.pdf.
"Peace has not made things easier for the military and the war colleges.In fact, the US Army's War College's response was to create a new, acronymizedmantra, “VUCA, VUCA, VUCA.” VUCA is said to describe the new security environment and stands for “volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous.”
"The Millennial generation isn't just in a VUCA world. They're of it. They're perfectly positioned to lead a VUCA transformation at personal, community and national levels -- and they've already begun transforming their world because of natural inclinations; they're confident, connected and open to change."
I have to disagree with the author again. Simply being one of the Millennial generation does not qualify one to lead change! Millennials' - and the rest of us - require guidance and collaboration to lead change. The original VUCA document calls out John Kotter's change leadership methodology as a resource.
Just as the US Army doesn't put someone in charge of prople, porocess or technology simply because they are Millennial's, corporations should not follow this path either.