Adaptability: human performance in volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous environment

Louis Csoka, APEX Performance, Inc., USA

Theme: Novel applications (music, dance, military)

Program ID: SYM-09

Presentation: October 3, 2013 8:15 am - 9:30 am

Room: Rosedown


A number of years ago, the Army War College identified what has become the general description of the world in which not only the military but corporations and even athletes must perform. Characterized by the acronym VUCA, the nature of a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous environment dictates that the preparation for and the performance in such situations makes the development of critical mental skills paramount. This session will describe the characteristics of VUCA, the performer capacities needed to thrive in such an environment and the mental skills needed to develop these capacities. Examples from sport, military and corporate performers will illustrate the power and impact of mental skills training to meet the demands of a VUCA world.

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