Peter Drucker just had a knack. He had a knack of developing insight that saw right through some pretty difficult problems to the true truth at the core. One of the things I enjoy about The Daily Drucker is that it is full of these insightful observations, many of which make fantastic assignments for a team.
In a section on innovation he wrote about watching for both unexpected success and unexpected failure. Importantly, to be watchful for both. Why? The unexpected "jolts us out of our preconceived notions, our assumptions, and our certainties." Why is that important? Any casual observation of the culture will tell you that things are constantly changing. Nothing really remains the same forever. The ideas that work for a season won’t always work. So we’re to be on the lookout for the unexpected. "When we see it, we’re to identify it, absorb it, and learn from it."
How do we do this? How about this exercise: Have your team sit down every month and write a letter with one subject: the unexpected. Not what worked or what failed. The unexpected. Then, pull your whole team together to talk about their findings (from The Daily Drucker, August 30th).
That sounds like a great monthly exercise. What do you think?