Measuring your antifragility


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

Antifragility might be harder to measure than some other things but it is also important — after all, you need to know 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. And each of these posts also ends with questions that you can use to check your current status and decide whether this particular skill is a priority for you to improve.

Together, the book’s framework and more than 30 tools form a staircase that you can climb — starting from wherever you are now — to become a more inspiring and antifragile leader of yourself and other people through times of change:

measurement-0-new2-lowresAt the lowest level, if some disaster has just happened, you might be experiencing extreme inner turmoil or churning. Here the tools of Chapter 1 will help you quickly to become ‘Centred’ and ‘Grounded’.

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

In Chapter 3 you realise that every challenge is an opportunity and you find more opportunities to choose between. You expand your possibilities: you become ‘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 want to make it happen. Your emotional states shift to ‘Determined’, then ‘Inspired’.

And in Chapter 7 you learn how to manage the emotional engagement of yourself and your key stakeholders as you move through the transitions that will inevitably arise as you implement your goal. Now you are ‘Ready’ to begin.

Each step on its own is small, simple, and straightforward. Combined in the right order, they become a transformational staircase that anyone can climb. And the more you increase your ability at these skills, the more antifragile you will become.

Measuring your abilities at the beginning and end of each chapter lets you easily track your improvement.

So if you’d like to become more antifragile, start now.

First, rate your current ability or performance (0-10) at each of the seven competencies of antifragility:

  1. Keeping calm in a crisis and maintaining a strong inner connection with who you are and what matters most to you
  2. Recognising when you are making assumptions, testing and resolving them, and connecting deeply with your intuition
  3. Finding the opportunities in any situation (there are ten types)
  4. Choosing the best way forward for you
  5. Knowing how this fits with your purpose and values
  6. Converting your chosen way forward into inspiration and emotional engagement
  7. Maintaining and growing that emotional engagement in yourself and your key stakeholders as you move forward

What would ’10’ would look like for you in each competency? Which is your greatest strength today? Where is your greatest gap today? Where is your current most urgent need for improvement?

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

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