When We Don't Hit The Bull's Eye
Performance is not hitting the bull's eye with every shot -- that is a circus act. Peter Drucker
Drucker's words are insightful. He elaborates on "the bull's eye" in Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices:
The one person to distrust is the one who never makes a mistake, never commits a blunder, never fails in what he tries to do. Either he is a phony, or he stays with the safe, the tried, and the trivial. . . . The better a person is, the more mistakes he will make -- for the more things that individual will try.
The beauty of following Christ is that Jesus takes us knowing we will never hit the bull's eye, then he picks us up when we fail.
He extends us grace so we can extend it to others. We see this when Peter blew his leadership assignment for Jesus.
15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.”16 He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.”17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. John 21:15 17 ESV
Leaders focus on improvement, but they don't demand perfection. No one is perfect. No one hits the bull's eye every time.
Note: Drucker quote and insight from Peter F. Drucker, Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices. New York: HarperBusiness. 1993, pages 456-457. Secondary source: The Daily Drucker.