In Nassim Taleb’s 2012 book, Antifragile, Taleb shares the fact that there’s a big difference between being fragile, resilient, and antifragile. His idea is highly relevant for partnerships and offers an opportunity to learn how to see challenges as growth opportunities.
What does this look like in the real world? A fragile partnership is one where there are fundamental flaws in the relationships. This can be caused by a number of factors – partners being forced to work together, or a power dynamic where some partners feel left out. When a fragile partnership faces a challenge, it breaks, either falling apart or simply becoming weaker – ready to fall apart at the next challenge.
In a resilient partnership, the partnership – and relations between the partners – are strong enough to resist challenges. The partners’ mental and emotional wellness ensures they will bounce back after facing a challenge, and the partnership remains the same. Resilience is an important attribute but misses the possibility of something even better. An antifragile partnership is one where partners actually get stronger as a result of their challenges.