Today’s Takeaway from Free Virtual Coffeeshop Group Coaching – via ZOOM – 04 April 2021 is:
“Success in life requires learning as fast as our VUCA world changes around us, doing it, or dying trying!”
How do you navigate, manage, and function in times of the COVID pandemic and VUCA phenomena?
VUCA, no, it doesn’t stand for VERY Unpredictable Chaos All-around, but it kind of means that. It stands for volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. According to Wikipedia, it was first used in 1987, drawing on Warren Bennis and Burt Nanus’s leadership theories to explain the general conditions of the times and later used by the U.S. Army War College to describe the VUCA world perceived as resulting from the end of the Cold War. Any way you describe it, it takes adaptability and resilience to get through times like these – like the time right now that we are all experiencing!
Today’s zoom group coffeeshop coaching did not precisely talk about that, but the idea came up. It comes up with many clients and teams that I coach. But today, without disclosing confidentiality, because in group coaching, every person has a different topic, we did address issues around self-sabotage. While it is very human to suspect external forces or persons, many times, we create insecurities, assumed expectations, and imaginary competition with others that stand in the way of happiness and eventual success. The challenge is to find when we allow these inner forces to create an imbalance between different impulses we have -impress others through our extreme efforts or do the opposite and sabotage our actions out of spite.
With more COVID surges in the USA, Europe, and other countries, many people are a bit thrown off their center right now, out of alignment with their old and new realities. Today’s topic also centered around finding center, finding balance—another common issue in coaching because it has to do with finding balance through change. In desperate attempts to find clarity and self-determination, I see clients making choices and decisions from a place of fear and trying to control something in their life rather than from a place of full-body certainty. What I find is that more inner stillness calms the fear and anxiety. Finding ways to connect and ground with life and nature like meditation, relaxing walks in nature, and getting our hands or feet in the dirt helps slow down our business.
What helps you slow down, ground, and find your center?