It is easy to suggest we should expect the unexpected, but secretly believe we know exactly what is going to occur at any given time. After all, most things that could happen have indeed happened somewhere, at sometime, in some way, goes the thinking.
Few things are really surprising nowadays. Perhaps the unexpected element comes from our reaction to each moment. Being prepared in our work is a key part of giving and being our best. Taking time to ensure we are as comfortable as possible with what we have to do, takes us from where we are to where we need to be to perform our duties.
However, being knocked off course by the unexpected at whatever phase of the project or assignment can come about. Even so, how long we stay ‘off course’ is many times ours to determine.
Letting go of angry reactions or outbursts of frustration, we have the choice to calmly assess the changed environment around us. And potentially the unexpected brings clarity to our reality. Change is neutral, our response to it provides the label of either positive or negative.
A list of the unexpected is by definition difficult to draw up. However, it might be interesting to ponder the idea using the question ‘What would have the power to propel us to our goal?’ Exploring this perspective would possibly lead us to the unexpected idea capable of assisting us on our way.
For now, let me bring this post to a close. Please, as ever, feel free to share your thoughts on the issue of the unexpected here today by leaving a comment below.
Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, CTI-trained co-active coach and freelance trainer, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.
As an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.
Performance skills at work (2015), Personal performance potential at work (2014), Coaching, performing and thinking at work (2013), Reflections on performance at work (2012), Elements of theatre at work (2010) and Training through drama for work (2009).