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?

Finding Opportunity in Surprises
  • Kim

    I stumbled across you blog several weeks ago. I really enjoy your insights and thoughts. I’m going to have our staff do the “unexpected” exercise that you suggest. Great idea! I’m also looking forward to reading Hard Facts. Thanks for your thoughts and posts.
    Kim

  • Be sure and let us know how it goes!
    mark

  • Kim

    Our team did the Unexpected exercise today during our extended staff retreat. It was awesome hearing about all the unexpected surprise that God has brought our way during the past 4-5 months. Things we could never imagine. It gives us expectantcy regarding what he has for us in the future. We will probably do this exercise four times a year.
    Kim