I wonder if when the philosopher Heraclitus said, “The only thing that is constant is change,” in c.500 BCE, he had any idea that his words would be used to sum up the zeitgeist some 2,500 years later. The quote may be familiar, but what does it actually mean in today’s workplace?
Change used to be an event, something that could be managed through well-defined change management plans each quarter. Now, it’s something that seems to happen everyday and you’ve probably noticed that organizations can’t always plan for it. What’s causing this?
Change happens because businesses are at the mercy of four forces: Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity, or VUCA for short. Let me explain how each of them impacts you at work.