What is ‘antifragile’?

Antifragile book cover

We are living through a time of extraordinary change and — like Covid-19 — the rate of that change is accelerating.

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

If we want to survive through this time, or if we want to thrive in it and build something better, we can’t just do more of the same. We need to learn 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. In it, he invents a new word: ‘antifragile’.

Summarising his argument, Taleb says 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’
  • So let’s invent a new word for things, people, and organisations that actually become stronger and thrive under stress. Let’s call this word: “anti-fragile”

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

These blog posts are summarising many of the key points. They will show you how to build that process in yourself, how to use it to inspire yourself and the people around you, and finally how to use it to build antifragile organisations.

And 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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