So I Improvised Myself A New Acronym
Trigger warnings: Motor Neurone Disease (MND / ALS); poor improv-scene choices
Have you heard of V.U.C.A.? I’m an improviser who leads solutions-based workshops in corporate settings, so I’m often learning quirky, business-oriented terms. The latest acronym I’ve picked up is V.U.C.A. The term, cooked up by the US Army War College in the Eighties, stands for Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity. It was used originally in a combat context and is now a descriptor that helps unpack specific business-world pinch points. I’m told that these days, due diligence on V.U.C.A. is Page One to working out how to stabilise company structures; unpick poor product or market engagement; understand social identity / self-categorisation or navigate tricky business or career paths.