In this time of accelerating change we need a new approach to leading ourselves and others.
Achieving that requires us to develop seven new skills or competencies.
And acquiring these skills will not only make us antifragile it will bring us benefits on five levels:
— First, by applying each tool individually, we will solve the immediate problems we face: we will stay calm in crisis, see the situation more clearly, find more opportunities to move forward, and so on.
— Second, by applying the tools together we will become more inspirational leaders, of ourselves and other people: we will become better able to navigate change.
— Third, as we repeat the process over time we will learn not just how to cope with change but how to use change to become stronger: we will become antifragile. Each time we learn to centre and ground faster we give ourselves more time to see the situation clearly. Each time we see the situation more clearly we find better opportunities to more forward. Each time we find better opportunities to move forward we become more likely we choose one that fits with our purpose and values. The more we choose something that fits with our purpose and values the more inspired we feel. And the more inspired we feel the better we can lead ourselves and others forward through this time of change. Then the better we can lead ourselves and others forward, the better we can centre and ground… It’s a self-reinforcing virtuous circle.
And there are two more benefits to come:
— Einstein told us that we cannot solve a problem with the same level of thinking that created it. The problems we face today are the results of the decisions we have collectively and individually taken in the past: that is what has created our current world of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. If we want to change that world, we need to change the way we take decisions.
The more develop our ability to be antifragile, the more we will take calm, centred decisions, based on a clear understanding of the situation, and aligned with our purpose and values, and the more we will create a more stable, more generative world. This is the fourth level of benefit that will arise if you choose to become antifragile.
— Finally, the fifth level of benefit is Joy. We don’t often talk this about in business but perhaps we should. Because when you feel Joy your productivity goes through the roof. By following the steps laid out here to become antifragile, you will learn better what really matters most to you, what brings you joy, and how to achieve it. This will create Joy for you and the people around you and this is the fifth and final benefit of becoming antifragile.
The book of Inner Leadership contains a framework and over 30 tools for becoming antifragile. Over the coming days, these blogs will share many of the key points and tools with you.
Which of these benefits would be most valuable to you right now?
– improve an individual competency of antifragility?
– combine them to become a better leader?
– become antifragile, so you use change to become stronger?
– build a generative world, or
– find your Joy?
What steps are you currently taking or willing to take to achieve that?
Adapted from Inner Leadership: a framework and tools for building inspiration in times of change.
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