Exploring the Practice of Antifragility: An Antifragile Antifragility Book!

Henrik Martensson (@Kallokain) reviewed Exploring the Practice of Antifragility on Amazon.com.

The eBook achieved #1 Best Sellers in One-Hour Business & Money Short Reads as well as #1 Hot New Releases in One-Hour Business & Money Short Reads on Amazon soonafter it was released!

You can learn more about the book at the Exploring The Practice Of Antifragility website.

Disclosure

First disclosure: As of the 5th of December 2015, I am a contributor to this book! I do not have a financial stake in it, but I do wish the book to succeed, because I believe the idea of antifragility to be important. I won’t review my own contribution, of course, but stick to the things I have read by the other contributors.

Henrik is forthright in emphasizing that he believes that “the idea of antifragility to be important” and won’t review his own contribution but stick to the things he has read by the other contributors!

The eBook will Evolve

Second, Exploring the Practice of Antifragility is itself antifragile! The book is a Kindle ebook, and like all Kindle books, it can be updated with new material from time to time. This means the book itself can evolve according to pressure from the environment, i.e. reviews and sales data can actually make this book better over time.

Thus, if you buy the book, think of a way to improve it, and write about it in a review, your wish might come true. While this is possible to do with all Kindle ebooks, I do not think too many of them make good use of it. When Si Alhir, one of the editors, told me about the book having planned updates when he invited me to participate, I found this to be a very attractive feature.

Henrik emphasizes evolution of the eBook via updates! This was fundamental in deciding to use the Amazon Kindle platform.

We were heavily guided (and influenced) by Seth Godin’s (@ThisIsSethsBlogAdvice for authorsMoving on, and The Domino Project!

The eBook is an Anthology

Third, the book also features another very important property of antifragile systems: Variation!

The book is an anthology, with essays written by very different people, who have very different backgrounds, and who do very different things. This means you won’t be interested in everything, but, if you are interested in antifragility, there will almost certainly be something in it that you find very interesting.

Henrik emphasizes variation and anthology! This was fundamental to the “exploring” and “kaleidoscope” aspects emphasized in the title of the eBook.

The eBook is Practically Useful and Highly Useful by Offering a Different Perspective

Fourth, the book was practically useful to me! Two years ago I began building an antifragile organization. We are now more than 350 people. One of my book projects is a book about the organization, and I have struggled with explaining, in a simple way, the difference between the antifragile organization, and fragile organizations in the same domain.

Todd Nilson solved the problem for me, writing about Nicholas Taleb’s triad schema. It was exactly what I needed. I can borrow the idea, adapt it for my own book, and it will work beautifully.

Si Alhir made the connection between antifragility and the OODA decision loop from John Boyd’s Maneuver Conflict, which I find interesting, because the antifragile organization I am deeply involved in, directly uses many ideas from Boyd.

Again, Boyd’s ideas are echoed in Todd Nilson’s: “ … the purpose of the community trumps all else.”

I also enjoyed reading Elinor Slomba’s piece about sustainability, connectivity, and diversity, and how to use simple free tools to collaborate over the Internet.

Valuable ideas I can use in my own work. Highly useful.

Also, Slomba’s ideas about cascades the properties of aggregated and distributed systems are practically useful to me. I recently released a book about reducing lead times in the book publishing business. The method I wrote about, and use to write my own books, applies the same ideas.

Slomba has given me a slightly different perspective, which will help me express the ideas in a simpler manner in my own books.

Henrik emphasizes how he’s benefit from Todd Nilson‘s (@toddnilson) and Elinor Slomba‘s (@artsint) contributions! This was fundamental to the “practice” and “kaleidoscope” aspects emphasized in the title of the eBook.

The eBook Uses teh Ideas it Proposes — An Antifragile Antifragility Book!

So, I give this book five stars, because it actively uses the ideas it proposes, because it will get better over time, and because it was practically useful to me immediately when I read it.

Thank You, Henrik, for expressing the intent/purpose of the eBook much more eloquently than Donald E. Gould (@DonaldEGould) or I!

From Agility to Antifragility

Some reminiscing . . . When some said its about #Agile, we said its about #Agility!

Some reminiscing . . . When some said #Agile is about “Speed,” we said its about Responsiveness (OODA)!

Some reminiscing . . . When some said #Agile is about “the Team,” we said its about Scale (small and large)!

Some reminiscing . . . When some said #Agile is about “Transition,” we said its about Transformation!

Some reminiscing . . . When some said #Agile is about “techniques” & “frameworks,” we said its about “dynamics” & “mechanics”!

Now . . . it seems that #Agile may only now be closing in on #Agility!

But Now . . . it is no longer *merely* about #Agility, but #Antifragility!

Agility is all about inspecting & adapting, but Antifragility is all about adapting & evolving!


Please see the following for background . . .
Antifragile, Flexibility, Robust, Resilience, Agility, and Fragile
The Emergence of the Antifragile Organization
The Triad: Fragile, Robust, and Antifragile
Antifragility: From Details to Nuances [LinkedIn]
Demystifying Antifragility: Beyond Agility Workshop


Exploring the Practice of Antifragility

An Antifragile Antifragility Book!



In Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder (2012), Nassim Nicholas Taleb (@nntaleb) introduces 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.


Please see the following for background . . .
Antifragile, Flexibility, Robust, Resilience, Agility, and Fragile
The Emergence of the Antifragile Organization
The Triad: Fragile, Robust, and Antifragile
Antifragility: From Details to Nuances [LinkedIn]
Demystifying Antifragility: Beyond Agility Workshop


Panel/Webinar Conversations – Practice Beyond the Rhetoric

Throughout 2015, various conversation panels focused on exploring the practice of antifragility (that is, Practice Beyond the Rhetoric) — hosted by Barry Bettman (@barrybettman), Si Alhir (@SAlhir), Russ Miles (@russmiles), and Ross Girardi (@Consciousmgt) — as well as share experiences and offer perspective on how to apply antifragility through 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?

All the recordings are freely available — featuring:

eBook – Exploring the Practice

Based on our ongoing exploration, we (Si Alhir (@SAlhir) and Donald E. Gould (@DonaldEGould)) share a kaleidoscope of perspectives . . . Exploring the Practice of Antifragility (Amazon Kindle eBook) and a website. . . with all proceeds from the work going to a charity!

Expanding the Community – Invitation

If you would like to contribute your perspective on Antifraiglity, please contact Si Alhir and Donald E. Gould, as we’ll be updating the Exploring the Practice of Antifragility eBook quite regularly!

Anyone may contribute a 1/2 to 3/4 page answer (or a few sentences) to each question:

  • 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?

Contributors are acknowledged on the eBook cover and referenced on the eBook’s website . . . and . . . all proceeds from the work go to a charity!

The objective is to sufficiently contributes your perspective, but not necessarily fully elaborate it!

If you would like to contribute your perspective on Antifraiglity,
please contact
Si Alhir and Donald E. Gould.

We are grateful for Nassim Nicholas Taleb!

http://twitter.com/nntaleb/status/669465976686120964

Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s Tweet

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The November-4-2015 Antifragility Panel/Webinar: Antifragility and Sun Tzu’s Art of War

Sun Tzu‘s Art of War is a classic treatise on “human nature” — the strategy and tactics surrounding conflict!

There are many translations of this classic — including Lionel Giles and Samuel B.Griffith among others!

And there are many forums exploring this classic — including James Gimian’s Victory Over War, Gary Gagliardi’s Science of Strategy Institute, and Thomas Huynh’s Sonshi among others!

Gary Gagliardi (@StrategyGary), Lisa Nemeth Cavanagh (@lnemethcavanagh) and Si Alhir (@SAlhir), and Semira Soraya-Kandan (@SemiraSK) emphasized the connection and synergy between Antifragility and Sun Tzu’s The Art of War when they contributed their thoughts to the Demystifying Antifragility: Beyond Agility Workshop and follow-on panel conversations!

On November 4th, 2015, Mark McNeilly (@markmcneilly) and Becky Sheetz-Runkle (@BeckySheetz) of Sun Tzu Strategies (@SunTzuStrategy) explored Sun Tzu‘s Art of War and antifragility.

The recording is available here and see here for all Antifragility Panels/Webinars!

For more insights see Sun Tzu Strategies and here.

Recognizing and acknowledging another’s Humanity

Had the pleasure of being with Donald Gould (@DonaldEGould) on 5 Nov 2015 and had the opportunity to recognize his humanity . . .

Don’t just show kindness in passing or to be courteous. Show it in depth, show it with passion, and expect nothing in return. Kindness is not just about being nice; it’s about recognizing another human being who deserves care and respect.
(Colin Powell)

Encourage people to visit Donald’s blog SERENDIPITY AND EPIPHANIES. Thanks for allowing me to be present and thanks for sharing, Donald!

Antifragility and Coaching (ICF)

Appreciate the opportunity to deliver a teleclass on Antifragility and Coaching for the International Coaching Federation (ICF) . . . you can learn more here and here.


Reality (Slide 5)

Interacting with Reality (Slide 6 – 12)

Coaches are Stressors

Coaches are stressors who creatively provoke clients!

Agility and Antifragility (Slide 13 – 18)

Antifragility is about gaining from stress — see here for more about Antifragility!

An Antifragile Coach is a coach who evolves by gaining from stress!

An Antifragility Coach is a coach who uses Antifragility, that is, who uses stress to creatively provoke clients so that they may may maximize their potential.

Antifragility Coaching involves using Antifraiglity, that is, stress to creatively provoke clients so that they may may maximize their potential.

Antifragility and Coaching (Slide 19)

 

The October-7-2015 Antifragility Panel/Webinar: Social Business and Digital Transformaiton

On October 7th, 2015, David Cushman (@davidcushman), Anne McCrossan (@Annemcx), and Todd Nilson (@toddnilson) explored social business & digital transformation and antifragility.

The recording is available here and see here for all Antifragility Panels/Webinars!

For more insights see Faster Future and David’s blog as well as Emergent Code and Ann’s blog.

Tiffany Shlain’s “The Adaptable Mind: Skills to Flourish in the 21st Century”

Thanks to Jennifer Sertl (@JenniferSertl) for sharing . . .

Tiffany Shlain (@tiffanyshlain) explores the skills we need to flourish in the 21st Century:

  • Curiosity
  • Creativity
  • Initiative
  • Multi-Disciplinary Thinking
  • Empathy

This is a most beautiful expression of the adaptable mind — can’t but help ask similar to Jennifer . . . “are you ready?”

See Let It Ripple and Pearltrees Film: The Adaptable Mind, Discussion Guides & Resources for more!