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June 2017
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Leading in a VUCA world.

Thrive on volatility, uncertainty, complexity & ambiguity.


Working in a world that is Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous is challenging to both leaders and workers alike. Success in a VUCA  world, requires a different set of beliefs, skills and behaviours from executive level, down to everone on the factory or shop floor.

In our first article, we look at the beliefs we all need to have, to be successful in a VUCA world.

For our second article, we provide an info-graphic that shows how the role and beliefs of the CEO and executives change as they transform their organizations to thrive in a VUCA  environment.

In our third article, we introduce Randal Godden, who has written a number of practical articles for leaders on the Change Designs Portal. His latest article takes the art of delegating in changing times, to a new level.

How do we keep ourselves motivated and how do we motivate our teams in a world we don't feel comfortable with? Sometimes it helps to go forward by going back to the wisdom of ancient philosophers. Our fourth blog post provides a different way of thinking about the art of motivation.

We hope that these articles will help you to lead yourself, your team and your organization during times of constant change.

The Change Designs team

Beliefs for a VUCA world


Old vs new beliefs about work

How beliefs change in a VUCA world.

Many of the beliefs that helped organizations to succeed in a stable business environment, now prevent us from being successful in the fast changing, highly competitive world of today. This VUCA world, known as a world of
Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity, requires a different business paradigm.

Many leaders are in the process of transforming their organizations from product focused organizations which thrive in a predictable world, to innovative, customer focused organizations that thrive in a VUCA  world.

The first step in transforming organizations is to change the way we think about our organizations. This info-graphic on old vs new thinking, shows the difference in beliefs between organizations that are successful in predictable times, compared to those that thrive in times of change and uncertainty.

Old vs new beliefs about work.

Executives role in transformation.


The role of the executive in transformation.

Info-graphic : The changing role of executives.

In this member only info-graphic, we look at what executives need to do differently, when they are in the process of transforming their organizations.

The role an executive needs to play to support a change in strategy, culture or process or to prepare their organization to be successful in a VUCA world, is very different from the role an executive plays in a stable environment.

Read more about the role of the executive in transformation.

Introducing Randal Godden

Randal Godden


A new writer for the Change Designs Portal.

New article from Randal Godden: Delegating.

We at Change Designs are delighted to introduce you to Randal Godden. He has written many articles for The Change Designs Portal.

Randal is an Ex-CFO and CEO of a company involved in construction, wholesale and retail. This company employed 3000 people and had 200 branches. During his career, Randal has been a director of every function for the company, including financial, sales, manufacturing, distribution, marketing, HR and IT. As a result of all this experience, Randal writes articles that are practical and useful for leaders and managers at any level of the organization. You can get links to all his articles on the Change Designs Portal.

In this newsletter, we present his latest article on the art of delegating. Here Randal provides 9 key principles you need to follow, to delegate effectively. He goes beyond the normal teachings of responsibility and accountability.

Go to Randal Godden's profile.

Go to article on delegating.



A different way to think about motivation

Change your mind to change your motivation.

Steve Jobs in his motivational speeches spoke about how we should 'do what we love.' But what if we have to work for a living. What if we can't afford to choose to do what we love? How do we motivate ourselves, and how do we motivate others?

Seneca in his "Letters from a Stoic" provides wisdom which is just as applicable to motivating ourselves and others today, as it was over 2000 years ago. He explains how it is not the meanness of the task itself that sucks energy our of us. But rather it is how we view the task. If we view the task as something we have to force ourselves to do, then this is the definition of drudgery. Seneca goes on to advise us to work less on the task, and more on our minds.

This blog post applies the wisdom of Seneca, to how to motivate both ourselves by changing the way we think, and how to motivate others, by changing the context within which we ask others to work.

Motivational thoughts

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