The Antifragile or “AQ” Assessment is a distillation of proven open-source assessments that have illuminated the behavioral, motivational, and mental tendencies of millions of people for more than 80 years. Taking roughly five minutes to complete, it is one of the most robust short form assessments available and designed to provide your likely proficiency in the 7 Elements of Antifragility: Clarity, Purpose, Connection, Courage, Forgiveness, Gratitude and Responsibility.
Congruent with science, the 7 Elements encapsulate the overlapping human truths of the world’s major religions that have founded much of civilization and guided billions of people for thousands of years.
The power of the AQ Assessment is unleashed when corroborated by yourself and those close to you, with the support of a Certified AQ Coach, and then lived out radically on your journey towards being more Antifragile.
The Actualized Element of Responsibility provides the ability to make the road to Antifragile a reality. Mastery of it provides the freedom to be Antifragile.
AQ Element of Responsibility
Possessing the capacity to respond to the situation at hand.
The Practice Elements of Courage, Forgiveness, & Gratitude are the energy sources needed to be Antifragile. Together they provide the nerve, orientation, and composure to be Antifragile.
The AQ Element of Courage
Realigning your relationship with fear in order to move toward an unknown, despite uncertainty.
The AQ Element of Forgiveness
Processing and letting go of all the painful situations we experience.
The AQ Element of Gratitude
Living out a deep appreciation for not only the aspects of life we enjoy but also the suffering that shapes and strengthens us.
The Foundational Elements of Clarity, Connection, and Purpose are the launching platform needed in being Antifragile. Together they provide the grounding, support, and direction to be Antifragile.
The AQ Element of Clarity
Removing the mental clutter and emotional baggage that block our best perspective and inhibit us from the benefit of others’ perspectives so that we might observe the present without distortion.
The AQ Element of Purpose
Finding a fixed point of orientation to guide our lives and aligning all our actions to that highest aim.
AQ Element of Connection
Recognizing our inherent wiring to exist in community, our need to be in nature, and our need to have alignment within ourselves, and with those around us.
The Antifragile or “AQ” Assessment is a distillation of proven open-source assessments that have illuminated the behavioral, motivational, and mental tendencies of millions of people for more than 80 years. Taking roughly five minutes to complete, it is one of the most robust short form assessments available and designed to provide your likely proficiency in the 7 Elements of Antifragility: Clarity, Purpose, Connection, Courage, Forgiveness, Gratitude and Responsibility. Congruent with science, the 7 Elements encapsulate the overlapping human truths of the world’s major religions that have founded much of civilization and guided billions of people for thousands of years. The power of the AQ Assessment is unleashed when corroborated by yourself and those close to you, with the support of a Certified AQ Coach, and then lived out radically on your journey towards being more Antifragile.
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The easy answer is that a company, or any organization for that matter, is ultimately the sum of its people. Their many tendencies towards different fragile and Antifragile behaviors don’t impact the organization equally, with the behavior of its leaders having an outsized impact. And that’s where the answer becomes more nuanced. Many of us ignore our tendencies towards fragility, only facing them when the cost of ignoring them becomes too great. If even then! When leaders ignore their tendencies towards fragility, two troublesome trends typically occur: First, fragility can become part of the culture. People often emulate the behavior of their leaders, with some organizations going so far as to unknowingly screen for fragility in the hiring process because their leaders praise certain behaviors.
The second troubling trend has to do with how decisions get made by leaders. Remember that the gap between our expectations, in terms of pain and suffering, and reality is where our fragility lies. That only gets amplified in organizations. Leaders of publicly traded companies often make strategically unsound decisions to avoid having to report poor quarterly results. Small business owners often drain their companies of much-needed cash when times are tough because they don’t want it to affect their lifestyle.
Antifragile leaders look inward and have mindsets that allow them to thrive and grow from adversity. Rather than spending time, energy, and precious resources on the volatility, randomness, disorder, and market conditions they can’t control, they create Antifragile cultures that grow stronger from adversity in order to overcome.
This is the funniest question we get. We may be crazy, but we’re not so crazy as to risk our reputation, future (and sanity for that matter) on any idea centered around politics. What’s interesting about this misconception is its prevalence and the distinct angles from which we’ve heard it. Some left-leaning people have wondered if it’s a jab from the right trying to say they’re “soft” or “care too much about feelings”. Some right-leaning people have wondered if it’s the left trying to push a “woke” agenda. It’s like people have turned into hammers in search of nails!
Contrary to what a few of you might think, the concept of Antifragility, or “AQ” is no more a subtle message from the left aimed at the right than it is a subtle message from the right aimed at the left. It’s a very direct message aimed at ALL OF US. Our people, leaders, and organizations are growing increasingly fragile. We have lost touch with our innate ability to grow when exposed to adversity, randomness, disorder, and stressors.
This is by far the most frequent question we’ve received and, we get it! We knew we were going to get this question and potentially turn a few people off over “Anti”. So why take that chance? Because we believe our trend towards increasing fragility is poised to grow steadily worse, placing millions of people and organizations at great risk. Since our goal is to help people and organizations move AWAY from fragility, it makes sense to strive towards being the opposite of fragile. As Nassim Nicholas Taleb notes in his New York Times best-selling book, Antifragile, resilience is no more the opposite of fragile than neutral is the opposite of negative. Positive is the opposite of negative. Antifragile is the opposite of fragile.
The resilient resists shocks and stays the same, with no ROI for the time we’re “down”. It also includes the likelihood that our ability to keep bouncing back will eventually diminish. When we’re Antifragile, we benefit from shocks in life and grow when exposed to adversity. Antifragility leaves us better positioned to face the randomness, disorder, and stressors of life, which is critical given the increasing uncertainty and complexity of the world we live and work in.
While not the most frequent question we get, this is the most important one to address. The answer is ABSOLUTELY NOT! To varying degrees, we’re ALL fragile. At the core of our collective fragility is a common desire for comfort and ease over suffering and loss that’s become much more prevalent in modern society. And for all the success we’ve found in making life much more comfortable and safer for most, suffering and loss are still very much part of life for all. The gap between expectation and reality is where fragility lies. Experiencing pain and suffering doesn’t mean you’re fragile, it means you’re human! The most Antifragile people have generally suffered more than most and learned to thrive and grow from it.
Antifragility or “AQ” doesn’t involve ignoring people’s pain or suffering. That would be more like resilience or robustness, mindsets that tend to ignore stressors and fail to grow from them. Antifragility recognizes pain and suffering are part of life. Antifragility requires healthy grieving and processing of pain and loss so that we might thrive and grow stronger from it…in time. Antifragility is about helping anyone and everyone, to rediscover their innate ability to grow stronger from the pain and suffering we inevitably face in life. It takes having suffered and grieved to live with empathy and compassion for others, and that too is being Antifragile.