When the rate of change on the outside, exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is nigh.”

Jack Welch –




In a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous world, business is in a constant state of flux. It’s important that Leaders and organizations today can change, flex and adapt to the VUCA world around them to succeed.

The incresingly speedy, rocky and complicated landscape in which we operate, one with the challenges of changing workplace demographics, globalization and disruptive technology, not to mention global pandemics like Covid 19, leave way more unknowns than before and move at changing pace, changing the playing field altogether.

Every organization is confronted with persistent, recurring problems. They often fall back on obvious solutions, such as applying new technologies, recruiting experts or improving communication processes. 

In most cases this is done in a hierarchical way, with senior management being responsible for finding the right solutions.

Adaptive challenges allow for problems to be identified more accurately and involve the entire organization in the search for possible solutions. Adaptive Leadership helps when there are no easy solutions available.

It’s a critical skill for anyone looking for systematic changes in an increasingly complex world. Adaptive Leaders learn to control the context through experiments. They cultivate a diversity of viewpoints to generate many options.

They lead with empathy, reward their employees performance with autonomy and independence and find winning solutions for all stakeholders. Leaders today require a new set of adaptive competencies to thrive in the 2020’s.


Every employee has a role to play in shifting and driving a successful organizational culture, but Leaders have the capacity to make or break a successful corporate culture. The greatest impact on engagement and performance is determined by the direct behaviour of Leaders in the business.

Workplace Culture is the collective set of beliefs and observable patterns of behaviour in a business that enable us to achieve our highest priorities. It is ultimately a shared view of Why we do what we do and How we do what we do.

It has also been described as a company’s “immune system”

Leadership within an organization can act as a vaccination and a virus in this context. The organization’s immune system acts much like the human immune system in that it prevents bacteria and viruses from entering the body. It prevents toxic people and toxic ideas from infiltrating the business.

In this presentation we look at the skills that Leaders need to effectively drive Corporate Culture.

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