Forget Resilience – Look for Anti-Fragility

For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on resilience the image shows a tiny shoot growing up between cracks in the concrete.

Here’s a new take on resilience. 

Credit to Stephanie Mehta for this one, who inspired this learning snack with her recent talk at the California Conference for Women. 

In the scientific field, resilience means when something gets pushed or changed, the material bounces back to what it was. 

In other words, resilience is when something returns exactly to its former state. 

What Stephanie Mehta talked about is how maybe we don’t want resilience, maybe we don’t want to go back to how things were after there’s a disruption. 

What we actually want is anti-fragility. Let’s say there’s a break in something, you fix it and then that place where you fix it is actually stronger than it was before the break. This is what Stephanie describes as anti-fragility.

Watch the video for more.

Jo Ilfeld, PhD

An executive leadership coach, Jo helps C-suite leaders, executives, and high-potential managers develop the flexibility, skill, and frame of mind to meet the challenges of the next five, ten, twenty years…. and beyond. She works with individuals, teams and organizations on four core areas of leadership development. Check out Jo's bio page for more information.

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