The 31st ACEO Leadership Conference was -for the first time- held virtually. It took place from 29 till 31 October 2021 on an interactive platform.
Humanity has seen pandemics, wars and catastrophes before. Businesses are used to risk and endemic change – hardly anything stays the same in a globally interconnected, volatile world of relentless competition and technological breakthroughs. What, however, we have not seen before, in living memory at least, is a pandemic that brings the entire planet at a standstill.
When the economic activity worldwide simultaneously freezes, it is an event without precedent. When governments spend one tenth of their GDP to support businesses and their employees, something important is going on. When no one knows when the proverbial return to normality may come about, the uncertainty expands.
We live through incertocracy (incerto: uncertainty in Latin).
We sail without a map.
We walk in terra incognita.
What are the exploration skills leaders need in order to lead the way through the uncertain and scary jungle of uncertainty? How does leadership work in a world of contactless contacts? How do employees cope and managers manage when they are away from the office?
The underlying question is: how can we build antifragile organizations that not only resist shocks but can benefit from them?
During the conference, we explored the terra incognita of our times and discussed how leadership creates antifragility.