This article features an interesting interview with Psychologist, Dr David Smith. Although it focuses on the importance of learning agility, it speaks to me also of mindset - something I've been personally very interested in over the past 12 months or so. When viewed through the lens of fixed and growth mindsets, those with high learning agility have very similar characteristics as leaders with growth mindsets. Either way, it seems that we'll all need these characteristics to survive in a VUCA world.
MW: Who is best suited for success in a VUCA environment? DS: Those who are flexible. Individuals who are open to change and thrive on new experiences. We refer to them as the learning agile. Because demands on us are changing every day, the behaviors that carried us through yesterday are not necessarily what will help us tomorrow. This means those individuals who are quick to learning from experience and move forward with new ideas will be better prepared to succeed in tomorrow’s world. This is especially true for our leaders in the business world. Marshall Goldsmith wrote a New York Times best-selling book that was appropriately titled “What got you here Won’t get you There”