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The Eight Super-Adaptable Life Forms That Rule Our Planet

The Eight Super-Adaptable Life Forms That Rule Our Planet | Change Management Resources | Scoop.it
As the most intelligent and technologically advanced species on Earth, we humans like to think that we own the place. But evolutionary success can be measured any number of ways. As evolutionary biologist Stephen G.


Take a look at the ants, #3:

Their evolutionary success has been attributed to their highly coordinated social organization, an ability to modify habitats, exploit resources, and defend themselves.

 

Nearly 12,500 species have been identified, but it's thought that as many as 22,000 species may actually exist.

 

Ants have also colonized virtually every landmass on Earth, and may comprise anywhere from 15 to 25% of the total terrestrial animal biomass. Put another way,  ~ there are more ants on this planet by weight than all humans combined.

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

These top 8 Life Forms have something "anti-fragile" about them, particularly #3, the ants, considered a super-organism because of their " hive-mind composition.  


I think there are take-aways here that can help any change project.  ~  Deb

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Getting Stronger through Stress: Making Black Swans Work for You

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"...our focus in modern times on removing or minimizing randomness has actually had the perverse effect of increasing fragility."



Excerpts - Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: 


...we all need to find ways to harness the power of randomness, volatility and extreme events to help us grow and develop more of our potential.


Focusing on Black Swans


Nassim Nicholas Taleb writes about black swans [including] three books: Fooled by RandomnessThe Black Swan and, now, Antifragile.


Black Swans, in Taleb’s parlance, are “large-scale unpredictable and irregular events of massive consequence.’


The latest book focuses on approaches that enable us to thrive from high levels of volatility, and particularly those unexpected extreme events.

It...willl...prove infuriating to most of our economic, educational and political elites, for he argues that these elites have played a major role in making us increasingly vulnerable to volatility and Black Swans.


...The quest for antifragility

The real opportunity, in Taleb’s view, is to learn and grow from volatility and unexpected events – not to return to where you were, but to become even better as a result of the exposure and experience.   


He makes an important point: biological systems in nature are inherently antifragile – they are constantly evolving and growing stronger as a result of random events. In contrast, man-made systems tend to be fragile, they are the ones that have a hard time coping with random events.  


Taleb highlights a key paradox: our focus in modern times on removing or minimizing randomness has actually had the perverse effect of increasing fragility.


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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

This post was originally Scooped in Agile Learning.  It also seems a very useful perspective for Change Management Resources with the concept "Anti-Fragile" compared to resilience and resistance.  ~  Deb


Photo credit:  By Tamsin Slater

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, April 8, 2013 2:28 PM

Resilience, Robustness? - Nope.  The blog author references another author who uses nature to describe "Antifragility."   I see a parallel with the concept of Agile systems, including learning agility and "unlearning."  ~  Deb


Photo credit:  by Tamsin Slater, Flickr CC

Harry Cannon's curator insight, April 11, 2013 6:25 AM

Are we becoming too risk averse, in projects and society? We seem less tolerant of failure, which makes us less able to deal with the setbacks that do occur.

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Web over Wheels: Change in Trends, Connectivity rules as "Manager Knows Best" era is ending

Web over Wheels:  Change in Trends, Connectivity rules as "Manager Knows Best" era is ending | Change Management Resources | Scoop.it
To get a glimpse of what tomorrow's young global managers might be like as leaders, take a look at how today's young people think about communications.


A sign of a helpful, trusted advisor is to ask smart questions.  This article does that.

The trends, surveys mentioned are also harbingers of the need for highly adaptable, flexible approaches to managing and leading in an era of continuous change.


Excerpted, HBR blogs, Sujai Hajela, VP & general manager of the Wireless Networking Business Unit at Cisco:


Today's young people are devoted to connectivity.

In a recent survey of more than 2,800 college students and young professionals in 14 countries, Cisco found that more than half said they could not live without the internet, and if forced to choose, two-thirds would opt to have the internet rather than a car.


Companies will need to ask these hard questions:

  • What is the appropriate level of openness? Should employees be prevented from slamming their bosses' ideas, for example?
  • How much blurring of public and private life is too much?
  • Social media encourages people to mix work- and nonwork-related communication, but some workers prefer to keep their social lives strictly off-limits.
  • How can the company prevent abuse of social media?  (DN: Or mitigate, educate to help prevent abuse.)
  • Do employees understand what information is confidential and what is public?



As companies resolve these issues, management styles will evolve.


Managers will no longer be able to communicate with just a small circle of trusted advisers — they'll be expected to interact digitally with a much broader range of people both inside and outside the company.



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Nassim Taleb's 'Antifragile' Celebrates Randomness In People, Markets - Forbes

Nassim Taleb's 'Antifragile' Celebrates Randomness In People, Markets - Forbes | Change Management Resources | Scoop.it

'Antifragile' is a celebration of risk and randomness and a call to arms to recognize and embrace antifragility.

Many readers misunderstand Taleb’s core message.  They assume that because Taleb writes about unseen and improperly calculated risks, his objective must be to reduce or eliminate risk.  Nothing could be further from the truth. 


Antifragile is a celebration of risk and randomness and a call to arms to recognize and embrace antifragility. 


Rather than reduce risk, organize your life, your business or your society in such a way that it benefits from randomness and the occasional Black Swan event.


Taleb’s own life is a case in point.  He had the free time to write Fooled, The Black Swan and Antifragile because—in his own words—he made “F___ you money” during the greatest Black Swan event of our lifetimes, the 1987 stock market crash.  


...Taleb’s trading style is antifragile, had the 1987 crash never happened, Taleb would not have been materially hurt.  His trading style puts little at risk but allows for outsized returns.



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    Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

    Taleb's coinage of "Antifragile" is compelling.  Change practitioners might find this a useful concept to understanding how to survive and thrive in a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) world.  ~  Deb

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    Deb Nystrom, REVELN's comment, April 17, 2013 2:57 PM
    Anne, your layering encourages critical nuanced views beyond the book's "shiny new term" idea. Sometimes the first thing to do is "not do," as in, don't just do something, stand there. Doe we need an "intervention?" What are the other perspectives available, thinking systemically? Re: Iatrogenics: From the "Black Swan Report: "...the argument of Chapters 21 and 22 on the convexity of iatrogenics (only treat the VERY ill): Mortality is convex to blood pressure."
    Anne Caspari's comment, April 22, 2013 9:42 AM
    Hi Deb, thanks :-). I also reckon there are MANY fresh perspectives on how to handle different systems (or leave them alone), may they be health, financial, socio-political, ecological.... I love it and keep smiling to myself when I see the aha - moments on applied convexity/anti/fragility pop up in daily life, business and otherwise... compliments also on your scoops...
    Deb Nystrom, REVELN's comment, April 22, 2013 10:16 PM
    Thanks Anne. Systems and org. groupies a bit, maybe. ;-)
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    9 qualities to Build an Agile Leader's Toolkit - Adapt to Sustain

    9 qualities to Build an Agile Leader's Toolkit - Adapt to Sustain | Change Management Resources | Scoop.it

    "Nine (9) agile leader qualities are listed and explained as a leader / culture toolkit for sustainable leadership practices as well as a checklist."


    Along with Drucker's "there's no such thing as leadership" article that is getting some attention, this list is also useful for followers, staffers and for examining culture and values.  In my own experience with leader competencies, flexibility and adaptability is key to being ABLE to change, the core of sustainability. ~ Deb


    Excerpts:


    Elaine Rumboll suggests:


    1. Adaptability
    2. Back Up
    3. Curiosity
    4. Diversity
    5. Ease of Access
    6. Foresight
    7. Grace in Failure
    8. Hubs
    9. Inclusiveness


    The first in the list, Adaptability (Flexibility) is defined to:


    • be ready to change our plans when they are not working the way we expected
    • create alternatives to be ready to change course mid direction
    • build a healthy robustness around how we are going to react
    • [let go of] things remaining stable


    Read the full article here.


    Read further on in this newletter about dealing with a VUCA world, once that is Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous

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