Training Industry Magazine - Winter 2015 - (Page 51)
I N T O D AY ' S
- KE N B LANCH ARD AND S COT T BLANCHAR D
Strategic planners in the business world
have embraced the acronym VUCA
to describe an environment that is
increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex
and ambiguous. Although the acronym
originated at the U.S. Army War College
in Carlisle, PA, Bob Johansen popularized
VUCA in his book, "Get There Early: Sensing
the Future to Compete in the Present."
believe their leaders could do more to
help them develop their leadership skills.
Most say their current employer does not
encourage them to think creatively. They
believe the biggest barriers to innovation
are management attitude (63 percent)
followed by operational structures and
procedures (61 percent).
As we look ahead, leaders need to consider
the skills they may need to compete
successfully in a VUCA world - especially
in today's multigenerational workplace.
Johansen believes leaders can be successful
in our ever-changing environment by
developing the flipped skills of vision,
understanding, clarity and agility. We agree.
While the initial responsibility for drafting
an organizational vision rests with top
management, mechanisms should be in
place to give people in the organization an
opportunity to help shape the vision.
LEADERS MUST ADAPT
TO SITUATIONS TO MEET
THE NEEDS OF THEIR
CREATING A SHARED VISION
An essential characteristic of great leaders
is the ability to mobilize people around
a shared vision. This is more important
than ever in today's world where a new
generation seeks a workplace where
leaders value their contributions.
In the 2014 Millennial Survey, consulting
firm Deloitte gathered the views of more
than 7,800 millennials. The study shows
that this generation wants to develop
their skills, make a positive contribution
to society, and work for organizations that
foster innovative thinking. Millennials
UNDERSTANDING AND CLARITY
Once a shared vision is reached, leaders
need to keep the message alive and
essential to ensure their people have a deep
understanding and clarity about where the
company is going. In many organizations,
vision statements go up on the wall
but don't provide any real guidance. It's
important for leaders to keep talking about
the vision to inspire people as they help the
Aspects of the vision may change over time,
but its essence will remain. If an obstacle or
unexpected event throws things off course,
leaders may have to change short-term
goals, but the vision should be long lasting.
BEING AUTHENTIC AND AGILE
As a leader, your actions need to be
congruent with the vision. One of the
attributes of the millennial generation is
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their desire for authenticity in their leaders.
This is a very educated and paradoxical
generation. They are idealistic - but also
realistic. And they may be experiencing a
business environment with more limited
opportunities than if they had come on the
work scene 10 years earlier.
One challenge baby boomer, as well as
generation X, leaders need to address is
a potentially judgmental attitude that
can create an unnecessary gulf between
Millennials have a thirst for knowledge,
but also yearn to have their contributions
valued. Leaders need to be educators,
but also need to know when to listen.
Intergenerational mentoring is a valuable
way to build camaraderie between seasoned
veterans and millennials. Leaders who are
able to facilitate mutual understanding in
this way are the ones who will set up their
people and their organizations to succeed.
LEADERSHIP IS A PARTNERSHIP
Leaders must adapt to situations to meet the
needs of their people. The leaders who can
effectively set an inclusive vision, understand
the needs of their employees, provide clarity,
and remain agile when changes arise are the
ones who will be best positioned for success
- today and tomorrow.
Scott Blanchard is a principal and executive vice
president of The Ken Blanchard Companies.
Ken Blanchard is the best-selling co-author of
"The One Minute Manager" and 50 other books
on leadership. Email Scott and Ken.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Training Industry Magazine - Winter 2015
Table of Contents
Guest Editor: Training Trends across the Spectrum
From Training to Continuous Learning in the Workplace
Integrating Accommodations for Learning Disabilities into Training
Emerging Learning Technology Trends
The Business Potential of Cloud-based Learning
A New Role for Instructional Design
Social Motivation: The Key to Adult Learning ROI
Key Trends for 2015: Transforming the Training Function
Bite-sized Learning Turns Less into More
How C-level Executives View Corporate Training
Learning Content Modernization: Why, What and How
Casebook: Boy Scouts of America: Reimagining the Learning Experience
Communities of Practice: The Future of Workplace Learning
VUCU Leadership in Today's Muligenerational Workplace
It's All About Climate Change
Training Industry Magazine - Winter 2015