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The VUCA Learner

The VUCA Learner
Future-proof Your Relevance

  • Suhayl Abidi - Trainer in areas of developing agility, adaptability and resilience through continuous learning
  • Manoj Joshi - Professor of Strategy & Entrepreneurship and Director, Centre for VUCA Studies, Amity University

July 2018 | 272 pages | SAGE Response

We are now living in a world of constant change and disruption. We can either see the world as a hurdle to or a limitless resource to engage, stimulate, and cultivate our imagination. In a globally networked world, information is getting easier and easier to access. What you actually do with that information is the new challenge. Leaders do the thinking and others execute.

Organized training is not keeping pace with the demands of the workplace. On one hand, the shelf life of skills set is getting shorter and these may get obsolete fast. On the other hand, new careers are spawning which were not on the horizon a couple of years back. What is the way out for a leader, an executive or even a professional to remain relevant to workplace demands of the present as well as prepare for the future?

The answer to all these questions is The VUCA Learner: Future-proof Your Relevance. As the world grows more complex and uncertain, opportunities for people with critical thinking, innovation and imagination are on the rise. Organizations are only as good as  the people they employ. To stay relevant and grow in this unforgiving business environment, one needs to develop a learning mindset, where continuous lifelong learning becomes a daily habit, to let go of the old and become agile, adaptable and resilient.

This book will showcase the various sources and methods for self-learning. Whether you are a fresher or a CEO, you must develop the learner’s mindset, scan the business environment for green shoots of opportunities, regularly conduct a skills gap analysis and use all the tools available to continuously reinvent yourself to be ready for new episodes in career. This book is a roadmap to making you future-ready!

Foreword by Marshall Goldsmith
Introduction: Why Learn
An Unexpected Learner
The Future of Work: The New Workplace
Who Will Win: Preparing for the Future
I Am My Own Teacher
The World Is Your Classroom: Self-learning Tools
Together We Learn; Together We Grow
Family Firm Scion: Learning in the Family Business
Hierarchy or Wirearchy: Learning in Enterprises
The Road Less Travelled: Learning in Entrepreneurship
Annexure: Personal SWOT Analysis

Reading this book would be must for practitioners, academicians and researchers who deal with uncertainty of ever-changing context of business. Delighted to go through it. 

Pankaj Kumar,
Professor of Human Resource Management and Organizational Behaviour, Indian Institute of Management Lucknow

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Suhayl Abidi

Suhayl Abidi is the co-author of The VUCA Company. He is an MBA from Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), University of Delhi, and PG Diploma in Information Management from Leeds Polytechnic, UK. For 25 years, he has worked for organizations such as Penguin Publishing, the British Council, Saudi Ports Authority, Reliance Industries, Essar and Piramal Healthcare in the information and organization learning domain. He has been responsible for design, implementation and dissemination of processes by which knowledge is captured, shared and used. Abidi has successfully completed several projects such as on Intranet, continuous learning... More About Author

Manoj Joshi

Manoj Joshi is the co-author of The VUCA Company. He is currently Professor of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Family Business Strategy at Amity Business School and Director of Centre for VUCA Studies, Amity University, Lucknow. He is a B. Tech., MBA, Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of Institution of Engineers (Mech.). He is the Regional Editor India, Journal of Family Business Management by Emerald; Regional Editor, International Journal of Strategic Business Alliances by Inderscience and editorial board member for international journals such as Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Journal of Small Business Management, Business Strategy... More About Author

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ISBN: 9789352807512