Being Human

Episode 169

#169 Graceful Extensibility - with David Woods

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In this episode of Being Human, I speak with David Woods, a professor at Ohio State University who discovered and pioneered the concept of Graceful Extensibility.
As the opposite of brittleness, graceful extensibility is the ability of a system to extend its capacity to adapt when surprise events challenge its boundaries.

In this episode, we talk:

  • Dealing with shock
  • The need to stretch at the boundaries
  • How all systems are fragile
  • Staying alive to 'weak signals'
  • How viability requires extensibility

Links:
The Theory of Graceful Extensibility: basic rules
Graceful Extensibility - short presentation
The Strategic Agility Gap

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