I love unforeseen constraints. Why? Constraints force me to be creative.
When I build a new technology product or work with an entirely new new team, ideal results are rare on the first try. It’s a process to be worked, not a switch to be flipped. I take a flexible, life-scientist style approach of trial-error-selection-variation. That way, when unforeseen constraints arise, I adapt and handle them with ease.
I’ve mentioned before I enjoy Tim Harford’s TED talks. In this one, he tells an awesome story about how Vera Brandes, a 17 year old German concert promoter, set up a special piano event at the Cologne Opera House. By mistake, a clunker practice piano was provided for the show.
For world renowned jazz musician Keith Jarrett an old, crappy instrument wasn’t what he expected at all. Still, he decided to play. He summoned all his determination and creativity out of that beaten down backstage piano. The final outcome was the most famous jazz concert ever recorded.
As Harford tells it:
“Within moments it became clear that something magical was happening. Jarrett was avoiding the faulty upper registers, he was sticking to the middle tones of the keyboard, which gave the piece a soothing, ambient quality. But also, because the piano was so quiet, he had to set up these rumbling, repetitive riffs in the bass. And he stood up twisting, pounding down on the keys, desperately trying to create enough volume to reach the people in the back row.
It’s an electrifying performance. It somehow has this peaceful quality, and at the same time it’s full of energy, it’s dynamic. And the audience loved it. Audiences continue to love it because the recording of the Köln Concert is the best-selling piano album in history and the best-selling solo jazz album in history.”
Mindset makes the difference
Think about it. Something goes wrong or an unexpected constraint appears. If my reaction is negative, it affects me and my team. But if I consider the constraint as part of the process, I can step back and look at the constraint as an opportunity for creativity.
What should you do?
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