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How to Navigate Ambiguity and Uncertainty

Leadership Freak

Uncertainty finds comfort in nostalgia. Those who run from ambiguity and uncertainty are bound to repeat the past. Uncertainty and humility: The higher you go in organizational life, the lower your tolerance for… Continue reading → compassion Humility arrogance Leadership Development organizational success

Certain Uncertainties

Lead Change Blog

A few thoughts about uncertainty … People talk a lot these days about uncertainty with regard to our shared economic, political, cultural, and personal futures. Uncertainty within our memories of times past is often absent or downplayed.

Getting Past Murky Uncertainty

Leading in Context

This complexity and uncertainty combine to create a "murky uncertainty" that may keep people from giving us their best, most ethical performance. By Linda Fisher Thornton Workplace issues are complex and opinions vary about the right thing to do in challenging situations. Ethical Leader Ethical Organization 7 Lenses 7 lenses of ethical leadership business ethics ethical leadership ethics what is ethical leadership

Innovation Creates Uncertainty

Leading Blog

We don’t like uncertainty. But innovation creates uncertainty. In other words, our aversion to uncertainty means we find it difficult to even recognize a creative idea when we see it, focused as we are on removing the risky, uncomfortable strain on the status quo.

Five Rules for Leading Through Uncertainty

Next Level Blog

Current Affairs General Leadership ambiguity leadership sequestration uncertaintyA lot of my clients work in Washington, DC. They’re either executives in Federal agencies or executives in companies that do a lot of business with Federal agencies.

5 Ways to Face Uncertainty with Confidence

Leadership Freak

Responding to uncertainty establishes trajectory, impacts potential, and determines quality of life. Uncertainty is the spotlight of leadership. The dark side of uncertainty: Intolerance and quick tempers. Lost perspective and poor judgments. Things… Continue reading → Leading Stress courageous leaders Leadership Development

Leading Through Uncertainty

Leading Blog

In times of great uncertainty, we must be leaders. In Leading Through Uncertainty , Ray Davis writes, “Effective leadership is motivating, and it can and should be the energy that propels a company through inevitable waves of change. Leading through uncertainty means leading with the truth. Poor leadership can lead to disaster and has sunk more than a few companies and governments alike.”

A Leader in Time of Crisis, Uncertainty or Change

Ron Edmondson

Paul demonstrates for us the role of a leader in times of crisis – or even in times of uncertainty or times of change. It would be difficult to conclude Paul was not an effective leader. He was the arguably the most successful church planter of all times.

Embrace Uncertainty

Utpal Writes

It is about the kind of uncertainty you choose to indulge in. Openness, not the stubbornness, is celebrated by the hyper-connected economy and openness means the willingness to embrace uncertainty for the greater good. The post Embrace Uncertainty appeared first on Utpal Vaishnav.

How can you be clear about uncertainty?

Coaching Tip

To create a clear vision for an unclear future is what effective leaders do in a world marked with volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. Books Business Coaching Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Communication Leadership Memes Self-Awareness Skills What is Work life ambiguous complexity and ambiguity leaders Source uncertainty volatility

Working with Uncertainty


In this post, I look at uncertainty avoidance. We have been exploring the ways that cultures differ from one another. Understanding these differences and knowing how to work with them is a key skill for any leader working in a cross-cultural environment.

Dealing With Uncertainty, Part 2

Ron Edmondson

Dealing with Uncertainty, Part 2 from ron edmondson on Vimeo. The post Dealing With Uncertainty, Part 2 appeared first on Ron Edmondson. Related posts: Dealing with Uncertainty, Part 1. Dealing with the Uncertainty of Life.

Dealing with Uncertainty, Part 1

Ron Edmondson

Dealing with Uncertainty, Part 1 from ron edmondson on Vimeo. The post Dealing with Uncertainty, Part 1 appeared first on Ron Edmondson. Dealing with the Uncertainty of Life. Related posts: Dealing with Guilt: Sermon. Obstacles to Christmas Joy: Dealing with Loss.

Manage The Uncertainty Of Decision-Making

Michael VanBruaene

Decision-making always has uncertainty and risk. Decision-making uncertainty can be managed and minimized when we structure a process that at a minimum states our decision making objective and the criteria we will use to make the decision. To manage and reduce decision-making uncertainty and risk consider using these guidelines as appropriate for decision. There is never complete certainty that we’ve made a good decision.

Managers Eat Uncertainty

What Do You Want From Them

Uncertainty makes people nervous *. Managers work to reduce uncertainty. uncertainty and swallow the impact bias when and where they can. Managers take in uncertainty and swallow the impact bias. uncertainty and may experience discomfort. Uncertainty (the impact.

In 100 Words: Agility and Embracing Uncertainty


We are comfortable with what is predictable. This impacts our choices because we want to maximize the chances of success. Then, once in a while, we are thrown into situations where we have no control. It compels us to carve a way out and create a map as we go. We learn the most here.

The Wisdom of Uncertainty

Lead from Within

Alan Watts, the British-born philosopher, has pointed out the sense, which we all seem to share, that we live in a time of unusual uncertainty. Faced with uncertainty, we naturally strive to take control. Control is an illusion and uncertainty is the reality.

How Uncertainty Works

Leadership Freak

** Uncertainty invites participation. Communication Influence Leading Listening Managing Marks of leaders Motivation Optimism Taking others higher best game finding solutions Innovation Leadership Leadership Development negative impact Organizational Development Questions uncertainty factor vigorous participationExploring ideas, finding solutions, and innovation demand vigorous participation from all players. The best teams win when players bring their best.

13 Power Tips for Leading Through Uncertainty

Leadership Freak

13 Power Tips for Leading through Uncertainty: Pull with – not against, higher ups. It’s certain that we live in uncertain times. Grab the rope and pull, even if you disagree. Everyone who pulls in their own direction dilutes potential success. If you can’t pull with, jump ship, now. Aim to make a positive difference. [.]. Fear Leading Meetings and agendas Optimism Power Taking others higher Leadership Leadership Development organizational success quotes

Sick and tired of dealing with uncertainty?

Lead Change Blog

Uncertainty. I wouldn’t say I had a fear of uncertainty. My first hard lesson of adulthood, i.e. expect one uncertainty after another. Challenge uncertainty with anticipation and planning. There are many examples, large and small, that bring uncertainty front and center.

Uncertainty Leadership


by Gary Cohen Uncertainty Leadership. Uncertainty leadership refers to what leaders do in the face of uncertainty. The post Uncertainty Leadership appeared first on | Elements of Leadership Blog.

Leaders Stand in the Gap of Uncertainty to Help Others Across

Let's Grow Leaders

Widespread uncertainty marks a failure of leadership. Their organizations will thrive and appreciate their willingness to stand in the gap of uncertainty to help others across.

How to Move Through Uncertainty to Opportunity

Leadership Freak

Leadership is rich with uncertainty. Turbulent times, regulations and compliance, technology, politics, people, and global markets enflame uncertainty. Image source Ineffective leaders require certainty before they act, I am certain. On the other hand, successful leaders make decisions where outcomes are uncertain. Additionally, complex challenges have more than one solution. A surprising juxtaposition: “Trustworthy leaders [.].

How Uncertainty Can Actually Build Trust

Mills Scofield

Taking risk requires trust – to discover, try, re-try, be okay with uncertainty, imperfection and even fail. Sometimes using what is ambiguous and unknown can build trust. By experimenting, learning, applying and iterating we build trust in ourselves and each other. Give it a try!

Coaching Needs for Leaders in Times of Uncertainty

Coaching Tip

9) Working with uncertainty and ambiguity, decision skills. 10) Working with uncertainty and ambiguity, decision skills. Coaches reflect this in their survey feedback, listing “ clarifying purpose ” and “ articulating meaning ,” as well as “ creating and communicating vision ,” as top coaching needs for leaders in times of volatility and uncertainty.

Thought-full Thursday: Relaxing into uncertainty


Rather, it’s our resistance to the fundamental uncertainty of our situation. Everywhere you turn, if you observe well, you’ll notice impermanence and uncertainty. What uncertainties in your life and work do you need to relax into? . “It’s not impermanence per se, or even knowing we’re going to die, that is the cause of our suffering, the Buddha taught.

How To Make Better Decisions Under Uncertainty And Pressure

Eric Jacobson

It’s called, Effective Decision-Making: How To Make BetterDecisions Under Uncertainty And Pressure. “We We always make decisions under uncertainty and pressure, especially in business.

Using SWOT During Times of Economic Uncertainty

Six Disciplines

During times of economic uncertainty, strategy refinement and execution need to become the top priority for business leaders. BOTTOMLINE: While it''s important to regularly conduct a SWOT analysis on your business, it''s critical to revisit SWOT during times of economic uncertainty. Tough times require tough decisions. How to start? Begin by doing a SWOT Analysis.

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Using SWOT During Times of Economic Uncertainty

Six Disciplines

During times of economic uncertainty, strategy refinement and execution need to become the top priority for business leaders. BOTTOMLINE: While it''s important to regularly conduct a SWOT analysis on your business, it''s critical to revisit SWOT during times of economic uncertainty. Tough times require tough decisions. How to start? Begin by doing a SWOT Analysis.

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7 Ways to Lead Well During Times of Uncertainty and Change

Let's Grow Leaders

Sometimes when you go to build your strategic plan, it can seem like there are more questions than answers. We’ve seen changing regulatory environments, disruptive technology, and natural disasters lead to a paralyzing cycle of “what ifs” that lead to inaction. One […].

Mini Saga #102 – Uncertainty

Rajesh Setty

Dealing with uncertainty may be hard but that’s nothing compared to living with total certainty. Mini Saga #102 – Uncertainty. Unlike his old job, his new job had more predictability and less uncertainty.

How to make the most of uncertainty

First Friday Book Synopsis

Bob's blog entries 20/20 Foresight: Crafting Strategy in an Uncertain World Advanta Best Buy Biomet CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) technology Harvard Business School Press How to make the most of uncertainty Hugh Courtney M. Here is an excerpt from another “classic” article featured online by The McKinsey Quarterly, published by McKinsey & Company, and written by Hugh Courtney.

Adaptability: The Art of Winning In An Age of Uncertainty

Leading Blog

In times of great uncertainty, we need the knowledge creators, the radical and the rebels. Max McKown accurately argues in Unshrink that our beliefs have shrunk us. They have limited our responses. And it profoundly affects our ability to adapt. Adaptability is a book about how people adapt. It is about how to win more often. “In In the future,” writes author Max McKeown, “you can try to maintain what you already have, or you can attempt to transcend the constraints of your situation.

Uncertainty Will Freeze You in Place if You Let It

Leading Blog

Jonathan Fields writes, in Uncertainty : “The more you’re able to tolerate ambiguity and lean into the unknown, the more likely you’ll be to dance with it long enough to come up with better solutions, ideas and creations.” The problem is that most of us, to one degree or another react so strongly to ambiguity or uncertainty, that it becomes a limiting factor in our lives and stops us from acting in the face of it. Creating value involves varying degrees of uncertainty.

Overcoming Short-Termism: Understanding Cognitive Biases In Times Of Uncertainty

What Do You Want From Them

John Hagel, co-chairman of the Deloitte Center for Edge Innovation , shares incredible insights on his blog about the world we live in and our natural responses to times of high uncertainty. This is a positive message and an important one. Management processes may be broken and must be re-invented, our economy is struggling and long-term value creation has taken a backseat, but we can turn these pressures into opportunities.

A Leader in Time of Crisis, Uncertainty or Change

Ron Edmondson

In times of uncertainty. The post A Leader in Time of Crisis, Uncertainty or Change appeared first on Ron Edmondson. Related posts: Don’t Quit Planning During Times of Uncertainty or Rapid Change. Dealing with the Uncertainty of Life.

Tim Brown on “How to Sail Through Creative Uncertainty”

First Friday Book Synopsis

Bob''s blog entries "Embrace Ambiguity" Apple “Make Others Successful” Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation HarperBusiness IDEO Microsoft PepsiCo Procter & Gamble Steelcase Tim Brown on "How to Sail Through Creative Uncertainty LAND HO!: A still from “Embrace Ambiguity,” a video by the old salts of IDEO’s New York office. The team wrote the script, hand-built the sets, then filmed and edited the clip themselves.

Uncertainty: Living with


From the incomparable Bate : We are sold certainty from the earliest age

Jumping the Uncertainty Gap


Part of this is assessing levels of uncertainty. The other part is making decisions that can give you the best chance of succeeding despite uncertainty. He reduced uncertainty for his employees and partners by making a firm decision. Uncertainty can only be reduced by committed decisions and actions. You can’t wait for uncertainty to disappear but you can choose to create certainty of purpose and direction. People think differently about risk and uncertainty.

The Management Uncertainty Principle

Managing Leadership

As it happens, there are researchers who adopt something very much like the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle with respect to management. So, perhaps there is something to be said for uncertainty, after all. Technorati Tags: physicist , knowledge , physics , management , individual leadership , scientific , leadership , certainty , researcher , Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle , Mintzberg , business , structure , culture , information , work , NYT.

Leading Through Change: Leadership Tactics in Times of Uncertainty

Management 4-1-1

One hardly has to look-up to realize we live in a world of change, complexity and uncertainty. Even at the corporate level, companies are having to maneuver through uncertain economic times, which can result in organizational changes, layoffs, as well as mergers & acquisitions. With all of this change, what’s a leader to do? Being

StrategyDriven Editorial Perspective – Hiring Uncertainties.

Strategy Driven

The issue at the heart of this uncertainty involves limited access to capital at a time when banks are reluctant to lend. Recent healthcare reform is also adding to economic uncertainty for small businesses. StrategyDriven effective executives, efficient employees Home About The StrategyDriven Organization Our Company Our Contributors Karen K. Juliano Howard T. Dickens Jr. Lucas D. Ives Sharon Drew Morgen Hank Moore Jamie P.