Roger Martin is Wrong - Part II

Let me say again that I'm a big fan of Roger Martin.

In fact, given a couple Twitter exchanges over the past few months, I'm an even bigger fan. He's got a good sense of humour.

But let's return to the source of our Twitter debate that was sparked by my last blog post. Is the world more VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) now, than it has been in the past? Here's an excerpt of our VUCA Twitter conversation:

I also agree with Roger that I have access to better graphs relating to today's situation than we do for past eras, so I figured I'd pile some more of those on.;)

Economic, financial and social interconnectedness are on the rise. Thanks to the Internet and its enabling infrastructure, that feeling we all have that the world is smaller, is more than just a feeling.

Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, The Second Machine Age

Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, The Second Machine Age

And speaking of enabling infrastructure, the technology that is connecting us is getting so powerful and sophisticated, so quickly, we are able to facilitate interactions in ways that were "inconceivable" in the early nineties. 

This interconnectedness, supported by an ever-more-sophisticated infrastructure is creating complexity for organizations that they seem content to pass on to their employees. Instead of responding with more focus and clarity on the things that really drive performance, organization's seem content to pile-on more. I guess they don't buy into Pfeffer and Sutton's contention that:

“The foundation of any successfully run business is a strategy that everyone understands coupled with a few key measures that are routinely tracked.”

I think there is decent evidence that we live in a more VUCA world than in previous eras, and it is impacting all of us at work. I'm prepared to be wrong, as Roger believes I am, however.

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