Fragile . Resilient . Anti-Fragile . Muddling Through
Today seems like a good day to reflect a little on the impact of change on and in our lives.
And the absurdity of planning.
In July this year I will be able to look back on the past twelve months and say, “Twelve months ago, I had no idea how to drive a heavy vehicle, weld, cut steel, or manage a small construction project involving purchases of steel, pumps, batteries, generators; the engagement of welders, glaziers, plumbers, electricians and self-containment officers; and ensuring the roadworthiness of a Class 5 heavy vehicle. And now I do”.
If I think back twelve months, there is no way I could have planned this. If I think back 24 months, it is even more unlikely. And five years ago……??
So I am increasingly of the view that in all we do, we do it best by focussing on simply muddling through.
Muddling through draws on a particular set of skills, closely aligned to the concept of anti-fragility.
Muddlers-through get better at muddling the more unforeseen change is thrown at them. They are beyond resilient. They muddle.
What do you see as being these skills?
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