The June-30-2015 Antifragility Panel/Webinar: Practice Beyond the Rhetoric!

In The Future of Management and What Matters Now, Gary Hamel (@profhamel) emphasized:

As human beings, we are amazingly adaptable and creative, yet most of us work for companies that are not. In other words, we work for organizations that aren’t very human.

We are all prisoners of our paradigms. A paradigm is more than a way of thinking — it’s a worldview, a broadly and deeply held belief about what types of problems are worth solving, or are even solvable.

In Antifragile, Nassim Nichol Taleb (@nntaleb) introduced Antifragility:

Some things benefit from shocks; they thrive and grow when exposed to volatility, randomness, disorder, and stressors and love adventure, risk, and uncertainty. Yet, in spite of the ubiquity of the phenomenon, there is no word for the exact opposite of fragile. Let us call it antifragile.

On June 30th, Barry Bettman (@barrybettman) and Si Alhir (@SAlhir) hosted the event, which focused on exploring the practice of Antifragility (re Taleb) beyond the rhetoric using the following questions . . .

  • How have you interpreted Taleb’s concept of Antifragility?
  • How have you translated your interpretation into practice?
  • What are the results and impacts of your efforts?

. . . with an emphasis on confronting the challenges with organizations (re Hamel) and advancing the practice of change!

See here for all Antifragility Panels/Webinars!


Paul Gibbons
Leandro Herrero
Lisa Nemeth Cavanagh

Paul Gibbons

Paul Gibbons (@PaulGGibbons) (LinkedIn) operates at the nexus of Science and Leadership / Philosophy and Business with a focus on leading change, changing cultures, and change leadership as he champions change-agile organizations. Paul embraces the “unorthodox, challenging, and thought-provoking” to guide businesses!

Paul’s The Science of Successful Organizational Change among his other work is absolutely a must-read! See his LinkedIn posts for more!

Leandro Herrero

Leandro Herrero (@LeandroEHerrero) (LinkedIn) is an Architect of Organizations who focuses on organization change (orchestrating large scale, grassroots, and behavior change), culture, leadership, and innovation as he champions the quest for Building Remarkable Organizations. Leandro embraces “shaping tomorrow’s organizations today” and “making today’s organizations remarkable” — “We don’t do ‘small difference’ – if this is what you have in mind, don’t hire us.”

Leandro’s Homo Imitans and Viral Change among his other works are absolutely a must-read! See his LinkedIn posts for more!

Lisa Nemeth Cavanagh

Lisa Nemeth Cavanagh (@lnemethcavanagh), contributor to Demystifying Antifragility: Beyond Agility and who participated in the May 6, 2015 Antifragility event, contributed her experience as well!

What is your perspective of Antifragility?

Paul Gibbons
Leandro Herrero
Lisa Nemeth Cavanagh

The panelists expressed a fundamental awareness and appreciation of the breadth and depth of the concept of antifragility — emphasizing a mindset of “experimentation” in approaching the concepts as well as a degree of “humility” in approaching the results of experimentation.

Conversation on Antifragility

The panelists explored the characteristics of any “thing” that is more antifragile (versus more fragile and less antifragile).

Leandro’s “The company that gets better and better after disruption, disorder or chaos” blog here and here elaborates further!

Question 1: What are the underlying fundamentals of Antifragility?

Question 2: How do you work with variables, experiments, and shifts in an organizational system (towards greater Antifragility)?

Closing Thoughts

Paul Gibbons
Leandro Herrero
Lisa Nemeth Cavanagh

The panelists briefly “hinted” how we can continue to explore the concept of antifragility!


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