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Many large organizations are having to cede their market dominance to new disruptive players. Well-oiled organizations are hitting roadblocks due to unanticipated problems that are slowing down operations. VUCA is affecting organizations like never before - impacting schedules, delaying deliverables, and causing cost overruns. Managing projects has become a nightmare with the uncertainties and ambiguities of business, delaying integration of allied activities, making the project a non-starter even before it gets off the ground. In this VUCA world, it is imperative to confront the volatile, embrace the unknown, conquer the complex, and understand the ambiguous to be able to predict what lies ahead.
This book helps managers master the art of dealing with VUCA by providing relatable experiences from the armed forces and advocating the use of RACE methodology. The book suggests disruptive tools and methods, and advises managers on the leadership traits needed for successfully completing projects by cutting losses and preventing chaos. It is a must-read for all managers involved in operations, supply chain, logistics, and production and manufacturing portfolios. Ex-army personnel who are starting a second career in the corporate/private sector will also greatly benefit from reading this book.
Lt Col. Vikram Bakshi (Retd) is a freelance writer, blogger, and a certi-ed trainer on best practices in corporates. He has been involved in training, development, and coaching, besides managing large projects. He is an army veteran with 21 years of service in the Indian Army. An alumnus of the National Defence Academy and a post-graduate in mechanical engineering, Lt Col. Bakshi has also successfully completed courses in project management and ERP Oracle. He was a part of some innovative projects in automotive technology, especially in armored tanks, when he was in the army. He took premature retirement in 2010 to join the corporate project industry. He led a team during the green-eld projects to set up two state-of-the-art manufacturing plants. Subsequently, he was also involved in the upgradation of a brown -eld assembly plant where he implemented Lean Six Sigma in SCM processes. His current assignment is streamlining material management at the EPC site of power and solar plants. His work philosophy is forward thinking, inspired planning and relentless execution. He is a lean management and change management specialist. He lectures on leadership, project management, SCM and Lean Six Sigma. He is Six Sigma Black Belt and NDT Level 2 inspector. He has inspired audiences with his talks on disruptive methods and game changing ideas and tools.
Foreword by Tapan Misra Acknowledgments Introduction Strength of Character and Leadership Countering VUCA with Disruption Anticipate VUCA with Advance Information Orientation to Avoid VUCA Strategic Planning for a VUCA Future Tactical Planning Operational Planning to Prevent VUCA Execution in VUCA Conditions Monitoring and Control The Hybrid Leader Closing of the Project Technology to Help in Countering VUCA Bibliography