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Three years into his latest 10-year forecast, noted futurist Bob Johansen believes his core analysis still holds true for a tempestuous world influenced by four factors: “volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity,” or “VUCA.” Johansen expands on his first edition with updated material about his prognostications, all neatly depicted in a colorful graphic. Johansen outlines emergent opportunities and provides new insights that he gleaned from more than 150 leadership workshops based on the 10 skills he considers essential for leaders of the future. Filled with examples of these skills in action, the text also includes a leadership skills "self-test." getAbstract believes astute leaders and students of leadership will find hope in these remedies for turning the daunting VUCA environment into a place of “vision, understanding, clarity and agility.”

In this summary, you will learn

  • How the “VUCA World of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity” will affect leadership in the coming decade and
  • What 10 skills leaders of the future will need to meet its challenges.

About the Author

Bob Johansen, author of several books, was president of the Institute for the Future from 1996 to 2004, is its current Distinguished Fellow and has created 10-year predictions for more than three decades.



“Listening for the Future”
Society is evolving into a noisy, chaotic world, characterized by “volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity” (“VUCA”). Elements of the VUCA paradigm have existed throughout history, but never to the extent evident in the early 21st century. Leaders who...

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