Patterson draws on her experience, practice and research to consider the wider application of supervision in the executive fields. She explores her passion for bringing supervision to a wider audience of leaders and people practitioners in our VUCA world and cites live examples from her practice. Patterson argues that in order for us to work creatively and effectively in our VUCA world we need to embrace our own humanity in order to embrace the humanity of another. Patterson argues that it is through connecting at the level of our shared humanity that we have the possibility of igniting learning and change in another. Patterson invites us to extend our thinking beyond the known containers and poses a body of reflective questions through this piece that engages the reader in the exploration.

This chapter is a reflective essay on how organic holistic supervision, which attends to the development, support, resourcing, and wellbeing of people who work with people, is now mission critical in today’s VUCA world.