Slaying Dragons

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We have talked for a long time about VUCA conditions – volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. It’s a powerful concept, although up to now has been more a concept than a considered reality.

In the UK, that changed last Thursday, and the probability is that we’re only just getting going, and if we think it will somehow be limited to the UK, I suspect we will be very mistaken. One can sense the flocks of black swans gathering on the horizon.

The result is that we are now in the dragon manufacturing business. Our limbic systems go into overdrive, and we create all manner of monsters, rather as Navigators of old labelled unexplored areas “here be dragons”

The conditions may indeed be difficult, induced other monsters we created, but that is n reason for us to give them the credence we gave them.

Our biggest challenge is to move our mindsets away from one of dependence on others, through to establishing individual independence, and using that independence as a platform to work with others on an interdependence driven by choice. That is the most effective way to slay the dragons.

So, how to start?

It is a simple and it can be challenging. It starts with an acceptance – that there are, as Buckminster Fuller noted, things that need to be done, that others seem not to see need to be done, and which you can start. In other words, your purpose.

It’s a daunting thought for many – as BF also noted, there is nothing in a caterpillar that recognises it will become a butterfly.

With a sense of purpose, you have a secure platform, which you can use to determine who you work with, what role you take, which will withstand all manner of dragons.

In my next post, we’ll look more at finding purpose in the midst of uncertainty.

We have talked for a long time about VUCA conditions – volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. It’s a powerful concept, although up to now has been more a concept than a considered reality.

In the UK, that changed last Thursday, and the probability is that we’re only just getting going, and if we think it will somehow be limited to the UK, I suspect we will be very mistaken. One can sense the flocks of black swans gathering on the horizon.

The result is that we are now in the dragon manufacturing business. Our limbic systems go into overdrive, and we create all manner of monsters, rather as Navigators of old labelled unexplored areas “here be dragons”

The conditions may indeed be difficult, induced other monsters we created, but that is n reason for us to give them the credence we gave them.

Our biggest challenge is to move our mindsets away from one of dependence on others, through to establishing individual independence, and using that independence as a platform to work with others on an interdependence driven by choice. That is the most effective way to slay the dragons.

So, how to start?

It is a simple and it can be challenging. It starts with an acceptance – that there are, as Buckminster Fuller noted, things that need to be done, that others seem not to see need to be done, and which you can start. In other words, your purpose.

It’s a daunting thought for many – as BF also noted, there is nothing in a caterpillar that recognises it will become a butterfly.

With a sense of purpose, you have a secure platform, which you can use to determine who you work with, what role you take, which will withstand all manner of dragons.

In my next post, we’ll look more at finding purpose in the midst of uncertainty.

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