Becoming ‘antifragile’ is about more than just coping with change — it’s about using change to become stronger.
This isn’t something that happens overnight. And it requires you to become better at doing two things.
The first is to become clearer about what matters most to you. The second is to become better at putting that into practice.
It does this by developing your abilities at seven key skills or competencies:
- The first is your ability to remain calm in a crisis, remaining strongly connected with what matters most to you and who you are at your best. This brings you the stability that will get you through the storms — and when times are calm it expands your ability to influence the world.
- When the world no longer works the way it used to it is easy for us to make mistaken assumptions. The second skill is to know how to spot these assumptions and how to make clearer sense of what is actually happening — both by rationally thinking things through and by drawing more reliably on your intuition.
- The third key skill is the ability to find more opportunities, even during a crisis. This expands your options, boosts your morale, and puts you back in control — all of which makes you more likely to succeed.
- The fourth key skill is your ability to choose the best way forward for you, even when you have little or no information about what is happening or how things are going to turn out. Without this you can get stuck. With this skill you gain the ability to move forward.
- The fifth competency is to get clear on your purpose and values. These will bring you continuity, alignment, and enthusiasm. They will also keep you (and your team) aligned, focused, effective, efficient, and adaptable no matter what happens.
- The sixth key skill is the ability to describe your chosen way forward in a way that inspires you and the people around you to do what needs to be done. This gets you moving.
- The seventh key competence is to maintain and build that emotional engagement as you move forward — again, both in yourself and in other people.
These are the seven skills or abilities of Inner Leadership. They each strengthen your ability to become clearer what matters most to you and your ability to achieve it. They are the seven steps to becoming antifragile in a time of change.
On a scale of 0-10 how strong are you at these seven competencies today? Which is most lacking? Which would bring you the most immediate benefit if you improved it now?
Adapted from Inner Leadership: a framework and tools for building inspiration in times of change.
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