Executive Leaders

Thrive in a Constantly Changing World (CB-19C9)


September 25, 9am-12pm

Thrive in a Constantly Changing World with tools nonprofit leaders and teams can engage in.

This session provides participants with a reminder of our reactive tendencies when we experience threat, and the framework and methodologies of four VUCA Tools (Values, Us, Curiosity, and Aspirations) to enable you to thrive instead of just survive in the midst of challenging times. These tools can enable you to think strategically and respond thoughtfully, instead of just reacting. You’ll take away a sense of feeling grounded, confident, and optimistic as you deal with change. You’ll also have tools to share with others when they feel overwhelmed in the face of our VUCA world.

VUCA - Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous. A term coined in the 1990’s by the US Army War College, VUCA is now used as an adjective to capture the rapidly changing terrain in our lives, i.e., we all live in a VUCA world. Change is constant. Sometimes it’s all we can do to survive another day. The services and programs clients need are changing. What funders want isn’t the same as it’s always been. The board and how we work with them is constantly evolving. And we are changing too. How can we sustain our energy and our organizations’ success in the face of all these challenges?

We often experience the volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity of VUCA as a threat. We react in predictable, yet primitive, ways:
• Fight: We try to fight change, or deny it, even blaming those we hold responsible.
• Flight: We attempt to escape or avoid change, to flee its inescapable path.
• Freeze: We freeze in place, unsure of what to do and unable to make a move in any direction.
• Appease: And, in addition to the standard Fight/Flight/Freeze reactions, we try to survive the threat of VUCA through appeasing the powers that be, simply complying and bending to what others want without considering if it’s the right thing to do or what we are called to do.
When we label change as risky and experience VUCA as dangerous, we go to the most primitive of strategies, and our actions are limited to survival responses. Faced with VUCA, when we most need to access our brain’s amazingly rich capabilities, we simply react.

VUCA Tools™--Values, Us, Curiosity, and Aspirations. VUCA Tools are an antidote to VUCA. They arose from the recognition that thriving in a VUCA world is possible when you have the right tools. VUCA Tools begins with recognizing that having a term for our world’s Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity (VUCA) offers valuable awareness, and even a sense that “I’ve got this!” Accepting VUCA as our new reality enables us to intentionally engage with changing circumstances.

Ann is a leadership and team coach, with a focus on enabling leaders to develop their self-awareness and leadership skills so they can be more fulfilled and effective. Ann’s strengths as a coach are in creating the kinds of rich conversations that expand perspectives and possibilities, and then holding clients accountable for taking bold action.

Ann earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology, with specializations in neuropsychology and health psychology, from The University of Texas. After a two-decade career in health care, she earned her Leadership Coaching Certification from the Newfield Network and the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) designation from the International Coach Federation. Ann founded DaVinci Resources coaching practice in 2003 and co-founded The Bounce Collective coaching and consulting business in 2009.

In 2014, Ann co-authored a book that provides an insiders' perspective on group and team coaching. Being Coached: Group and Team Coaching from the Inside has been used by coaches, companies, universities, and HR and OD professionals to see the possibilities for group and peer coaching and to create a coaching culture within organizations. In 2018, Ann published her second book-VUCA Tools for a VUCA World: Developing Leaders and Teams for Sustainable Results, which offers tools for thriving in the midst of rapid change. In addition to writing and coaching with individual clients and organizations, Ann serves as a facilitator for courses such as "Coaching for Managers and Leaders" at the Center of Corporate Education at Virginia Commonwealth University and Leadership for a Democratic Society at the Federal Executive Institute.

Capacity: 30 Date: 09/25/2019 Location: Community Foundation, 3409 West Moore St... Instructor: Ann Deaton


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