Beyond Critical Thinking: Making Smart Decisions in the VUCA World
with Lynn Pollard
The latest business surveys show that critical thinking now ranks as the most desired leadership attribute for business. While critical thinking works well for complicated environments where answers can be found by concertedly applying good processes, additional skills are needed to survive under volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) conditions. For VUCA environments, where causes and effects are unclear and creative solutions often trump tried-and-true processes, leaders and organizations need an expanded set of “cognitive readiness” competencies.
The U.S. Armed Forces originally developed the concept of cognitive readiness. Since the terrorist attacks of September 11th, service-members have found themselves thrust into VUCA, high-scrutiny, and high-tempo conflicts. Each situation must be approached with reflection and creativity, the adaptability to notice and react quickly to evolving conditions, and a strategic understanding of the larger system and far-reaching effects of actions taken within it. Although business leaders (hopefully) don’t face the same threats as military personnel, corporations encounter their own sets of challenges and often operate under commensurate levels of complexity, scrutiny, and time pressure.
What You’ll Learn
Thursday, June 2, 2016
7:45 am - 8:30 am Networking & Continental Breakfast
8:30 am - 10:00 am Program/Workshop
Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management
2044 E. Evans Avenue, Denver, CO 80208
RMHRPS Members $45
DU Alumni/Staff $45
SHRM Members $45
Learn more about Lynn here
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