Collaboration remains elusive for many companies as they continue to struggle to bring together the necessary skills and resources of different departments, each focused on their own specific objectives. Most people agree that collaboration across functions and divisions is critical for major projects and initiatives designed to reduce costs or generate new revenues.
Sometimes an organisation needs a wake up call to enable it to see what is happening and a crisis helps it to see something previously hidden. Created by the US military to describe our environment, VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity) is the latest acronym we can baffle our colleagues with.
It is a great summary of why organisations need employees who are agile, able to learn and brave. However these behaviours are usually squashed by budget cuts, multiple unfocused meetings, policies, legislation and fear of change.