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Beyond Resilience, Building AntiFragile Organizations, REVELN

It is about resilience? Or is it about learning how to be Anti-Fragile, a term coined by Nassim Taleb to describe natural or organic systems, things that need some dose of disorder in order to develop.

For example, deprive your bones of stress and they become brittle. Are our HR and organizational system destined to decline, are exist in a mediocre state due to their structure? 

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

This is my own slide share for a recent presentation on change, adapting using both Nassim N. Taleb's "Anti-Fragile" concepts and Adam Grant's work on Givers, Matchers and Takers.   The full blog post here here:

Thanks for visiting.  I'm curious on what you think of these combinations of concepts.  Comments welcome!  ~  Deb

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Rescooped by Deb Nystrom, REVELN from Agile Learning!

Getting Stronger through Stress: Making Black Swans Work for You

Getting Stronger through Stress: Making Black Swans Work for You | Change Management Resources |

"...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

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.