Measuring how antifragile you are

Measurement is an important part of all our lives, both for defining our objectives and for evaluating our progress towards them.

Antifragility might be more difficult to measure than some other things but measuring it still mattes — after all, you need to know where your current strengths and weaknesses are and whether the tools of Inner Leadership are making a difference for you.

So the book includes a measurement system that you can use to track your progress.

measurement-0-new2-lowresAs a first step, the tools of Chapter 1 will help you to become more deeply ‘Centred’ and ‘Grounded’.

Next you need to make clear sense of the situation: your inner state shifts to feeling confident or ‘Sure’.

In Chapter 3 you realise that every challenge contains an opportunity and you learn to find more opportunities to choose from: this makes you more ‘Optimistic’.

In Chapter 4 you choose the opportunity or way forward that is best for you: you become ‘Directed’.

In Chapters 5 and 6 you consider your purpose and values and create an inspiring description of the outcome you have chosen to create. Now you can inspire yourself and other people to long to make it happen. Your emotional states shift to ‘Determined’ and then ‘Inspired’.

And in Chapter 7 you learn how to maintain and build that inspiration as you move forward. Now you are ‘Ready’ to begin.

Each of these steps, on its own, is small and straightforward. And just like riding a bike or making a cup of tea or coffee, each can be learned and improved.

Combined in the right order they become a transformational staircase that anyone can climb — making you a more inspiring and antifragile leader of yourself and other people through these times of change.

And measuring where you are now helps you understand where you need to improve and shows you the progress you are making.

If you’d like to become more antifragile, start now. First ask yourself what a ’10’ would look like for you in each competency, on a scale of 0-10. Then rate your current ability. Where do you most need to improve right now? Where do you want to be in a year’s time? What actions are you taking to achieve that?

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

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