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"Take advantage of the ambiguity in the world. Look at something and think what else it might be.” Roger von Oech
Colin offers 10 tips for managers to more effectively deal with ambiguity.
Are we judging leaders correctly? If you are only looking at past performance as the measure,
then you will get leaders who are only comfortable with the tried and true.
Most companies look at the what, i.e., the manager’s past achievements to assess their
performance. But to handle ambiguous circumstances with uncertain outcomes, you need to look at
how the manager has acted. Sometimes you can do everything right and forces beyond your control
lead to “failure.”
Not comfortable with ambiguity? Don’t worry. You are normal.
The ability to handle ambiguity is impressive, but it is not “normal”, and in fact, those who can
handle ambiguity may be hard to understand. Thus, high performing teams need a combination of
leadership types and perspectives, some comfortable with ambiguity, combined with others
who insist on unambiguous decisions and strategy.
Handling Ambiguity is a required skill for leaders. Yet it is difficult to find. Is it an” all or nothing” skill set?
We all need to consciously introduce some novelty and ambiguity into our lives.
It won’t be listed as a skill on a resume, so how do you identify those who are comfortable with ambiguity?
VUCA, a framework used by the U.S. military to describe the environment in terms of volatility, uncertainty,
complexity, and ambiguity. Col. Kail offers three ways to lead more effectively in an ambiguous environment.
Patti Gilchrist is a Sr. Technical Manager with 25 years experience implementing strategic enterprise initiatives.
Patti has a reputation for effectively translating business problems into innovative solutions and creating strategic roadmaps to achieve business goals.