“You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”  Chief Brody, Jaws

“Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.”  Bruce Lee

The Super Vuca Era


Stunning- the super crazy world we inhabit these days.  As of this writing . . .

• WikiLeaks has released onto the internet a trove that represents essentially the entire hacking capacity of the CIA. The implications are mind-boggling.
• The stock market is trading at an all-time high of 21,000, experiencing its longest record run in 25 years. CNN’s famous Fear and Greed Index Meter today is solidly green for Greed. As in Go for It. Yesterday’s close was also green, last week also green. a month ago … green. In fact, a year ago, it was . . . still green!
• MIT announced a brain-controlled robotic feedback and correction system. Yes. Mind controlled robotic actions. Airbus announced it expects to introduce this year, in 2017, a self-flying smart car (drone) prototype. What’s more, the world’s first drone Taxi Service is scheduled to open for business in Dubai this summer.
• AI is changing everything in business analytics, machine learning, self-learning chatbots, and more.
• US Oil prices have shaken off OPEC’s production freeze and empowered the next generation fracking industry – astonishingly more efficient and automated. Now the supermajors are fracking too. Lower for even longer is driving unprecedented strategic and technological change.
• The new world order has become a disorder. New international and multinational alliances are being formed and broken at a breathtaking pace. Left and Right are locked in the same gridlock we experience on Super City Houston roads every day.
• The increasing risk of geopolitical volatility, terrorism, cybercrime, and uncertain leaders with nuclear capabilities has penetrated and is the daily normal of the world’s social consciousness. We all live with this backdrop.
• It’s no wonder CEOs in our own community, in tune with no less than three separate and credible independent studies of Global CEOs in the last several years – all point to uncertainty and escalating complexity as the most serious challenges facing their companies today and into the future.

An environment of Tsunami, Hurricanes, Seismic shifts, Perfect Storms … there aren’t enough terms to describe the impact of the different forces affecting business success in the new millennium.

Welcome to the Super VUCA Era.

Originally a military term to describe dangerous operating theatres, VUCA has become a popular management acronym for Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity. In was introduced into the mainstream business consciousness in an article in the January–February 2014 issue of the Harvard Business Review.

Today, every established organization across the globe is scrambling to navigate a confluence of technology trends, political and economic upheaval, and shifting consumer demands. The perfect storm facing businesses is no longer VUCA. The reality described above is alive and real today.

Alive. And real. Today.

It is increasingly obvious we cannot rely on previous experience to overcome the Perfect Storm of environmental disruption we currently face. This Super Storm is increasing. The foundational disruption we face in the daily blur of technological, political, climate, economic, and social life we experience – is unprecedented. We have simply not been here before. This was the lesson of the famous Andrea Gale – sadly its valiant fishermen failed to consider the unprecedented and freakish potential of the actual Super Storm they were facing.

Closer to home, in the business world, companies that have existed for decades are being overtaken by companies formed only a few years ago. The pace of technological change has allowed companies like Alphabet, Microsoft, Netflix, Tesla,  Amazon, and other Super Agile players to upend existing markets and create entirely new ones. Their success has come at the expense of some of the largest, most stable enterprise organizations in the world.

What is the way forward in the Super VUCA Era?

Stay tuned to learn more.

Register for the world’s first #SuperAgileConference on April 5.

Over the past decade, the pace of change has accelerated through technology, and we’ve developed a much deeper understanding of what drives human behaviors and business success. But these new realities have not been fully translated into how leaders run their companies.

Today’s Rapid Pace of Change Demands Modernized Leadership



More Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity Ahead. Not VUCA but SuperVUCA.


In recent years a body of research has revealed another, more nuanced benefit of workplace diversity: nonhomogenous teams are simply smarter.


A new book The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High Tech World explores the implications of, and brain science behind, this evolution (some might say devolution).It was written Adam Gazzaley, a neurologist and a professor at the University of California, San Francisco, and research psychologist Larry D. Rosen.


With new applications popping up every day, we are at the forefront of a new era of machine/human interaction that will completely transform the way we live, work, and play – a change on par with the emergence of the internet itself.


People often complain that their job is killing them, or that they’re working themselves to death, but new research suggests there may be more truth to those clichés than we realize.


This kind of “everyone culture” is as much about realizing organizational potential as it is about realizing human potential. It describes a new model for the way each can contribute to the other – how organizations and their people can become dramatically greater resources to support each other’s flourishing.



Declining training budgets and an increase in outside hires is causing high turnover and fueling a talent shortage.


They’ll be more likely to achieve it.

Source: Teach Your Team to Expect Success

Two interesting events took place this month. Tesla announced its Model 3, a relatively affordable electric car, and it attracted around 180K preorders on the same day.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.technewsworld.com

Disintermediation is coming to an industry near you. #VUCA #SuperChange #Superperformance

What makes an effective leader? This question is a focus of my research as an organizational scientist, executive coach, and leadership development consultant. Looking for answers, I recently completed the first round of a study of 195 leaders in 15 countries over 30 global organizations.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: hbr.org

“To manage, one must lead.” Deming #Superperformance

Companies that successfully adopt digital technology don’t view it as an extra; digitization becomes central to what they are because they transform their value propositions and evolve every level of the organization so that it becomes data driven, customer obsessed, and highly agile.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.mckinsey.com

With more High Tech will come more High Touch #TwoSides2Super

In our hyper-connected, 24/7 world, many of us are losing sleep — literally. Our own survey of more than 180 business leaders found that four out of 10 (43%) say they do not get enough sleep at least four nights a week.

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Work and Rest are Super Partners #TwoSides2Super

Steeping yourself in negativity has seriously terrible consequences for your mental and physical health.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.inc.com

“If you don’t have anything good to think, don’t think it!” Ruth Westra #Superperformance #Mindfulness

Leaders of high-intensity, high-performing organizations are beginning to recognize the important effects of mindfulness, exercise, and sleep on the body and the brain.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.mckinsey.com

It’s not execution, its #Reflexicution that leads to #Superperformance

A new study suggests there’s some science behind the claims made for mindfulness meditation.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: well.blogs.nytimes.com

You do not like it. So you say.
Try it! Try it! And you may.
Try it and you may, I say.

Erika Christakis’ new book, The Importance of Being Little, is an impassioned plea for educators and parents to put down the worksheets and flash cards, ditch the tired craft projects and exotic vocabulary lessons, and double-down on one, simple word: Play

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.npr.org

Work Needs “Not Work” to Be Whole #TwoSides2Super #SuperperformingLife