The prediction of Alvin Toffler’s 1970 book Future Shock is here. At home and at work, a tsunami of “distraction overload” is transforming the way we operate. At home, we’re habitually checking our smartphones for texts, emails, social media updates, and news. At work, Super Agile companies like Amazon, Google, and Netflix are revolutionizing entire industries, while artificial intelligence, robotics and automation are gaining traction in the service and manufacturing worlds. Today’s executives live with nagging fear that a competitor or startup may develop technology that could obsolete the way they do business. Acceleration is accelerating- right before our eyes. “Super VUCA” (second-order levels of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity) is upending our definition of normal – challenging both human and organizational nervous systems. The implication should be obvious – we cannot solve second-order problems with first-order solutions. Only third-order solutions will triumph over Super VUCA.

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