September 2, 2020

What is AntiFragility?


I want to talk about a concept called antifragility. I do a lot of reading in the space around leadership and consulting and ethics and compliance, resiliency, grit, all these terms, and that are very common among C-suite and leadership teams globally. I came across this term antifragility and it really stood out to me.

We should adopt antifragility as a means of maneuvering through disorder. That because everything is susceptible to stress change and some kinds of entropy or volatility. And so what it means is like the old saying that whatever doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. So it’s when you push through chaos, when you push through the uncertainty and the unknown and you get through that, and you would become anti-fragile.

And I think in my life, I, I see that in myself. I see that in a lot of people around me and, you know, right now we are living through these really crazy times of COVID and a lot of other issues that, that are popping up all over the world. Certainly in the United States, the racial justice issues and then there’s financial issues that are looming. So we are all facing lots of stresses and it’s only through disorder and chaos, according to the same talent that, that the antifragile concept is really born out and seen. And I believe as I’ve been learning about this concept, that if we can train ourselves to be anti-fragile to really push through these uncertain times through the disorder, what seems like disorder, because we don’t know what’s going to happen.

We don’t know when there’s going to be a vaccine. We don’t know when, you know, things are ever going to come down. And, you know, there’s a lot of, um, a lot of conversation around the election. That’s about to happen in November in the United States. And so there’s, this uncertainty is looming. If we could push through and commit to being anti-fragile, then nothing’s going to break us. If you have that 42 within yourself to really be strong and recognize. So you can get through anything as long as you commit to whatever it is, your goals are to whatever it is that you’re passionate about. And stand with that. No, and commit that you’re going to do that every single day, that you’re going to be pushing towards whatever you’re trying to achieve, whatever mission or message you need to get across whoever your audience is, whoever your customer base is, you commit to staying the course.

That’s the only way to really overcome these, these fears of uncertainty. So when you become antifragile, that makes you that much stronger, that makes you gritty and resilient. So today I wanted to talk about antifragility. I think it’s a really cool concept, those of you that want to take a look at it and learn more about it. I encourage you to go and take a look at it in the same tabs, writings, and other concepts around antifragility.

Do you possess antifragility?

Rashmi Airan‘s mission is to help organizations create cultures focused on integrity, authenticity, and accountability by connecting these efforts to human performance, behavioral ethics and emotional intelligence.  Rashmi is a keynote speaker and consultant specializing in organizational culture, reputational risk, and human performance. Contact Rashmi to see how she can help your organization.

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