Emerging Leaders Program

Emerging Leaders

ICLD 3.12 Adaptive Decision Making as a Deliberate Counter VUCA Tactic: Discussion Board

Instructor: Dr. Mitch
  1. Post a new discussion related to the topics covered in this module.  Your post needs to provide specific lessons learned with examples from this module helping you enhance your leadership capacity at work.
  2. After posting your discussion, review posts provided by other students in the class and reply to at least one of them. 


  • VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) is a combination of qualities that show the nature of certain chaotic or difficult situations. Being able to function in this environment requires a strong mindset and willingness to cope with changes. The adaptive leader is the best equipped for these situations. They foster a culture of ongoing learning and cooperation. All people involved in policing need to understand VUCA environments and to expect the crises of change, surprises, chaos and lack of clarity and what to do to counter-VUCA in every call for service.

  • Hello everyone,

    I wanted to discuss adaptive decision-making as a deliberate counter-VUCA tactic. With the increasing volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity in today’s world, it is crucial for individuals and organizations to be able to make quick and effective decisions.

    Adaptive decision-making is the ability to adjust and change decision-making strategies based on changing circumstances. It involves thinking creatively, considering multiple solutions, and making decisions quickly. By using adaptive decision-making, individuals and organizations can better navigate VUCA environments.

    Making adaptive decision-making a deliberate tactic can help individuals and organizations become more resilient and better equipped to handle unexpected situations. What are your thoughts on this? Have you incorporated adaptive decision-making into your decision-making process? How do you see it fitting into your organization’s strategy?

  • I’ve never head of VUCA before. VUCA stands for volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. Basically VUCA is the chaos of the public safety world and we must understand, prepare, mitigate, and minimize the effects. One way to do that is through effective decision making which involves understanding the issue, viewing it from the inside and outside perspective, and taking in new information and integrating it appropriately. The 2nd is through adaptive decision making. This is best taught through exposing people to challenging simulations and providing critical feedback and suggestions in a collaborative environment. Agencies who will be the most successful in fostering an environment best able to deal with VUCA will be agencies who have nurturing environments

    • I agree. I believe that VUCA is a relatively new concept that has gained significant importance in public safety due to its potential impact on decision-making processes. Effective decision-making in a VUCA environment requires unique skills that can only be developed through exposure to challenging simulations and collaborative environments. It’s encouraging to see agencies focus on nurturing environments to foster adaptive decision-making, which will be crucial in dealing with VUCA going forward.

    • Each element of VUCA present its own set of difficulties. These difficulties magnify and create chaos when combined. Police leaders have to understand how chaos affects policing and how to counter it which begins by in developing all officers, especially the new recruit, to deal with its compounding and confounding realities. Leaders and organizations need to train for these situations, be accepting of risk, and encourage and reward creativity and innovation. It is also incumbent on the organization to attract those who desire to work in such an environment. Not everyone is suited for it.

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