Five benefits of becoming antifragile

This time of accelerating change is calling for a new approach to leading ourselves and others.

And as we implement the seven skills or competencies that deliver this approach, we experience five stages or levels of benefits:

First, by applying each tool individually, we solve the immediate problem we face: we stay calm in crisis, see the situation more clearly, find more opportunities to move forward, and so on.

Second, by applying the tools in sequence together we become more inspirational leaders both of ourselves and other people: we become able to navigate not just individual issues but change as a whole.

Third, as we repeat the process over time we learn not only how to cope with change but how to thrive because of change: we become able to use change to become stronger. Knowing how to stay calm enables us to see the situation more clearly, which helps us find more and better opportunities, which makes us feel more inspired, so we stay calmer, and so on… We create a self-reinforcing loop, a virtuous circle, that makes us antifragile.

And there are two more levels of 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 direct result of the decisions we took in the past, both individually and collectively. So if we want to create a less volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous world, we need to change the way we take decisions. The more we do this, by developing our abilities to become antifragile, the more we will take calm, centred decisions, based on a clear understanding of the situation, aligned with our purpose and values — and the more we will create a more stable, more generative world around us.

This is the fourth level of benefit.

And finally, the fifth level of benefit is Joy. We don’t often talk this about in business but perhaps we should. Because when we feel Joy we become more able to cope with anything and our productivity rises. By taking the steps needed to become antifragile, we learn better what really matters to us, what brings us joy, and how to create that. This creates Joy for us and the people around us. And this is the fifth benefit of becoming antifragile.

The book of Inner Leadership contains a seven-step framework and over 30 tools for achieving this.

These posts are sharing many (but not all) of the key points and tools, in a jumbled order.

Which of these benefits would be most valuable to you right now?

  • Improve the skills needed to address one key issue?
  • Combine and integrate those skills, to manage your way through change better?
  • Use change to become stronger, antifragile?
  • Build a generative world?
  • Find your Joy?

What steps are you already taking to achieve these? What steps are you willing to take?

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

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