In Forbes.com today, Jesse Lipson discusses Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb and how antifragile theory applies to building and running a business. Being antifragile, he writes, requires you to do more than survive challenges and crises. You have to emerge from them better and stronger than you were before.
“It’s like weightlifting: Your company is antifragile when it’s composed of more muscle than bone,” Lipson says. “Yes, bones can recover from a break, but often in a weakened state. A muscle is strengthened by damage. Weightlifters build muscle by pushing it past the limit. A stressed muscle is riven with tiny tears and, as the muscle repairs itself, it actually rebuilds stronger and bigger than before.”
So how do you build an antifragile business? See http://www.forbes.com/sites/jesselipson/2013/06/27/the-weightlifters-guide-to-building-a-stronger-business/ for Lipson’s tips and follow his blog each week at http://blogs.forbes.com/jesselipson/.