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You can thrive in VUCA environments says Ebony Smith

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You can thrive in VUCA environments says Ebony Smith

In this episode of People at Work, Ebony Smith tells us how to combat volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA).

Heard of VUCA environments? They’re ones with volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. So pretty much every single organization and system in our unstable world right now.

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and unprepared in the face of this. But according to Ebony Smith, there’s an antidote to these stressful environments. If we choose to think about VUCA as vision, understanding, clarity, and agility, we can take control.

In this latest episode of People at Work, Ebony explains what VUCA environments feel like and explores what the antidote looks like in practice. She also has suggestions for individual actions needed to thrive.

By using technology to cleverly engage and mobilize, practicing individual self-care that keeps you sharp and engaged, and finding undervalued surge capacity in your team, leaders can proceed sure-footed even when things feel shaky.

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“There’s an antidote to volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA).”

Ebony Smith

President, Ebenum Equation


Ebony Smith is a leadership development expert with a passion for creating forward-thinking leaders. After 20 years of risk-management experience in the Fortune 100, her full-spectrum-lens view of leadership has empowered her to help individuals hone their goals and reach their full potential. She pushes individuals to leave their “Subject Matter Expert” mindset behind and become relationship-oriented leaders that drive their organizations into the future. Ebony loves cooking, self-care, and exploring cultures.

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