2. From Change Fragility to Change-Agility

“Wind extinguishes a candle and energizes fire. You want to be the fire and wish for the wind.”

—Nassim Taleb

One of the most radical thinkers of our era is the iconoclastic Nassim Taleb, some of whose ideas you’ll read about in the next chapter, who through applied mathematics and statistics has made a surprising contribution to understanding how structures—including business structures—respond to volatility and uncertainty. Into the tidy world of statisticians, prognosticators, economists, stock analysts, marketing professionals, futurists, and data scientists has walked Taleb the Usurper who, if you believe his bark, would fire them all.

Taleb coined the term antifragile, which became the title of ...

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