We live in a VUCA world. These are times when it seems things are getting out of control. VUCA, an acronym developed by the U.S. Army War College in the late 1990 refers to the volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous nature of political relations in the post-cold war era. Examples of VUCA issues recently described by Richard Bolden, Professor of Leadership and Management and Director of Bristol Leadership Centre at the University of the West England include: The 2008 financial crash and its continuing impact on the global economy; the Arab Spring of 2010-2011, subsequent rise of the jihadist so-called ‘Islamic State’, and the mass displacement of people across the Middle East and Europe; the forthcoming referendum on Britain’s membership in the European Union; the trials and tribulations of the candidates in the 2016 U.S. election campaigns. Coming to Sub-Saharan Africa – the richest yet poorest continent, we are faced with the critical issues of unemployment, poverty and inequality. In Nigeria for example, corruption remains a problem even though not in the top two as wrongfully said by British Prime Minister David Cameron. However, the truth is that systemic corruption and bad governance over the years have not allowed Nigerian government to provide basic needs for the citizens…So how do we navigate in a world of VUCA? The first is to understand that there is no quick fix, no simple framework, no easy answer. According to Richard Bolden “Rather than providing answers we need to create spaces for exploration, debate and co-inquiry… we must learn to let go of the need to be in control, and instead, embrace learning, inquiry, and experimentation.” But, if you are asking: How can I as a Christian lead and win in a VUCA world? My answer will be: Read your Bible and pray every day and go out there – be bold, brave and brilliant!
“Tough time never last but tough people do.” ~ Robert H. Schuller
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