Equipping High Potentials and Others for Navigating the VUCA world

The notion of a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) world emerged from the US Army as a means to describe the environment arising post-cold war with the appearance of multilateral and non-state threats. It is an apt description for the environment that business now faces with significant disruption coming from political, economic and technological developments. How do we equip high potential employees and others for navigating this world while retaining their engagement and commitment to the company?

Disruptive Technologies and the Future for HR

Currently there is huge excitement around an array of new and disruptive technologies impacting on the world of HR. All together it makes for the potential transformation of a HR profession that has traditionally been hampered by weak, ineffective and poorly designed processes and systems. Yet behind all this positive optimism and ambition the question of HR’s underlying business influence remains? To succeed with the new generation of “smart products” HR professionals need to focus on the question of personal and business benefits; putting to one side the ‘hardware and software” features that characterise many new solutions.

Building a World Class Finance Function

The development of Business Partnering within the finance function has been growing rapidly in recent years. The need to demonstrate more value-added contributions beyond the consolidation and reporting of the numbers is a consistent challenge for many finance professionals. Today’s modern finance function talks of thinking innovatively and becoming a real business change agent. Any finance function is a complex organisation that encompasses many different roles and responsibilities such as management reporting, audit, tax, treasury, investor relations and compliance. The potential for functions to be disjointed, isolated and misaligned is strong. So, transitioning to a fully-fledged business partnering model and role is not an easy one.

Star Trek or Mad Max?

Any corporate leader will need to be resilient in the face of accelerating change and continued discontinuity. The fact is that life in today’s corporate environment is tough and demanding and continues to challenge many in terms of their work life balance and sense of engagement. Life in most corporate environments is arduous and takes a toll on even the most enthusiastic and committed of leaders and that is where individual resilience becomes crucial.

The Execution Shortcut

The value of this book for me is the way that Jeroen captures the key elements of strategy execution in simple and practical ways. Strategy is complex and strategic execution is complex. However he provides memorable shorthand models and images getting to the essentials that every leader responsible for executing strategy should have to hand.