By Dr Paul Makeham

The acronym ‘VUCA’ – meaning volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous – has wedged itself into the language of organisational culture, almost to the point of cliché.

As organisational systems adapt to new realities, the vertical hierarchies of the past are giving way to flatter, more distributed structures. Rigid job functions are being superseded by more agile ways of working. Command and control are being replaced by collaboration and co-creation.

In parallel, the field of training and development has sought to adapt in an effort to remain relevant and continue to provide value to organisations in flux.

Join us as we consider coaching as a future proofing strategy for L&D professionals – attuning more closely to evolving needs; deepening and enriching participant learning; and embedding enquiry-based, rather than solutions led, thinking in program design and delivery.

This article originally appeared in Training & Development magazine, June 2022 Vol. 49 No. 2, published by the Australian Institute of Training and Development.

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