VUCA, Confidence and Progress

Written by Isabelle Larche

Managing Director, Recruitment & Executive Search at Timeo-Performance
Published on 07-08-2018

In today’s VUCA world, the volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity seem to make strategy or planning a mere futile exercise. Don’t burry your head in the sand, prepare!

This guide, for instance, helps you identify events, prepare for them to have the best response at hand.

Harvard Business Review, What VUCA really Means for You

Building and managing confidence remains important on all sides of the business. I hope you will enjoy the articles I selected for you about managing confidence as a professional, a job candidate and as a manager.

1. Stay Confident During Your Job Search by Focusing on the Process, Not the Outcome

Not long ago, I had the chance to speak to a networking group for job seekers over the age of 40. Many of the people in attendance had worked for over 10 years at companies and were then let go. A number of them had been out of work for six months or more and were starting to get worried about their prospects of finding a job.

2. Want To Build Your Confidence? Take A Risk!

Confidence, as has been said, is like a muscle. If you want it, you must develop it. And once you have it, you must continue to exercise it by accepting challenges that come with getting out of your comfort zone. In short, taking risks.

3. How to Manage an Insecure Employee

When employees lack self-confidence, it can be hard to get them to perform at their best. So how can you help them excel at their job? What kind of coaching should you provide? What’s the best way to boost their self-esteem? And how do you deal with your own frustration around their insecure behavior?

BONUS: Is the world getting better or worse? A look at the numbers

Was 2017 really the “worst year ever,” as some would have us believe? In his analysis of recent data on homicide, war, poverty, pollution and more, psychologist Steven Pinker finds that we’re doing better now in every one of them when compared with 30 years ago. But progress isn’t inevitable, and it doesn’t mean everything gets better for everyone all the time, Pinker says. Instead, progress is problem-solving, and we should look at things like climate change and nuclear war as problems to be solved, not apocalypses in waiting. “We will never have a perfect world, and it would be dangerous to seek one,” he says. “But there’s no limit to the betterments we can attain if we continue to apply knowledge to enhance human flourishing.”

Isabelle Larche
Isabelle is a Human Performance expert, with over 10 years of professional recruitment experience, and 15 years of Business Management Consulting experience. Isabelle is the Vice President of the French Chamber of Commerce and Trade Counsellor (Singapore Chapter) to the French Embassy.

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