What does ‘antifragile’ mean?

Antifragile book cover

We are living through a time of extraordinary change. And like the exponential growth of Covid-19, the rate of that change is accelerating.

If we want to live well through these changes we can’t just do more of what worked in the past. We need a new approach to leading ourselves and others through change.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s third book gives us a hint of what that new approach might look like. In it, he invents a new word: ‘antifragile’.

Summarising his argument, Taleb says that:

  • things, people, and organisations that break 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 under stress. And let’s call this word: “anti-fragile”

The Churning, Inner Leadership is a book that describes a framework and a set of tools for how you can become antifragile: how you can learn not only to survive the changes that are coming but can use those changes to become stronger and more valuable.

Then, when our response to any new challenge or change is simply to use it to become clearer about what we most want and more determined to achieve that, only then will this time of churning 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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