What is ‘antifragile’?

Antifragile book cover

We are living through a time of extraordinary change and the rate of change is increasing.

The change is unpredictable but it is also interconnected: it is affecting our politics, our technology, our economies, environment, and levels of social engagement, activism, and social cohesion (or lack of it).

If we want to survive in this time, if we want to thrive in it and build something better, we can’t just do more of the same. We need a new approach to leading ourselves and other people through times of change.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s third book gives a hint of what that might look like. Called “Antifragile: Things that gain from disorder,” it defines a new word: ‘antifragile’.

Paraphrasing, what Taleb says is that:

  • Things, people, and organisations that break when they come under stress we call ‘fragile’
  • Things, people, and organisations that do not break under stress we call ‘strong’, ‘robust’, or ‘resilient’
  • Let’s invent a new word for things, people, and organisations that actually become stronger and thrive when under stress. Let’s call this “anti-fragile”

The Churning, Inner Leadership is a book that describes a process and a set of tools for becoming antifragile: for learning not only know how to survive change but how to use change to become stronger.

These blog posts are summarising that process.

They will show you how to build that process in yourself, how to use it to inspire the people around you, and finally how to use it to build antifragile organisations.

And then, when we and our organisations can to choose how we respond to any change, and use any challenge to build what we truly most want, then this time of churning will come to an end.

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Adapted from Inner Leadership: a framework and tools for building inspiration in times of change.

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