We live in a world that feels increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA). For young people, the sense of unease this world creates comes with serious difficulties. Many are asking: how can you lead, grow, and thrive in today’s world? In What is Water?, Kayvan Kian shifts the focus away from this overwhelm and toward ways of thinking that will help you grow stronger through it all. Drawing on everything from ancient Stoic philosophy to contemporary examples, Kayvan delivers an approach for dealing with our VUCA world that is simple, pragmatic, and easily transferable to teams, families, and communities. You are not alone in this struggle, and with this book, you’ll be empowered with a strong sense of choice in life, no matter what kind of situations come your way.
“Kian’s experience as a consultant is most evident in the many ways he’s devised to assist his readers to become involved in creating their own plans for improvement. A forceful, engaging program for taking a clear, calming look at an increasingly alarming world.” – Kirkus Reviews
“The writing here is clear and uncluttered. Practical, intuitive steps for achieving goals under difficult circumstances… Kian’s work, while far-reaching in its sourcing, nevertheless feels firmly planted in the current moment. Making compelling references to figures from literature, history, art, and politics, the author presents a blueprint for navigating chaos and centering the self.” – BookLife Prize Critics Report