Surprise!\u00a0 Surprises are only fun if they are the good kind; winning the lottery, walking out on Christmas day to a beautiful Lexus with a big red bow or just coming home from a long hard day to clean and folded laundry.\u00a0 But there is something more to the idea of surprises; they are a critical component of innovation and success if only we could learn to harness them. This is the message of my latest summer read, a new book called Leapfrogging: Harness the Power of Surprise for Business Breakthroughs by Soren Kaplan (@sorenkaplan). What\u2019s Leapfrogging? The quickest way to get to the core of Leapfrogging is to give you the definition that sits on Soren Kaplan\u2019s Twitter profile and the first page of the introduction: \u201cLeapfrogging is about changing the game\u2014creating or doing something radically new or different that produces a significant leap forward.\u201d Hmmm, sounds a little like innovation to me \u2013 maybe it\u2019s innovation for the new world of work. Early in the book, Kaplan gives us his philosophy on Leapfrogging, surprises and their connection to breakthroughs \u2013 here are a couple of them: Business breakthroughs deliver surprise: Our brains are wired to appreciate positive surprise. \u00a0Great ideas surprise us with a strong dose of remarkable newness in ways that add value to our lives and challenge our assumptions about what we thought possible. Surprises are strategic tools that drive breakthroughs.\u00a0 By proactively seeking out and using surprises as \u201cguideposts\u201d when they occur, we can gain new insights, generate ideas and discover new directions. This is the core message of the book and it\u2019s supported by Kaplan\u2019s \u201cLEAP\u201d process which stands for: Listen \u2013 Start with yourself and not the market.\u00a0 All the market research in the world can actually hinder innovation. Explore \u2013 Go outside to stretch the inside.\u00a0 Our blind spots \u2013 or the areas that we don\u2019t know, that we don\u2019t know , are holding us back from breakthroughs.\u00a0 Once we uncover these blind spots, our minds are opened up to see things differently. Act \u2013 Take small simple steps again and again and again.\u00a0 Don\u2019t assume that your breakthrough will come from one big brilliant idea.\u00a0 Take small steps toward your goal. Persist \u2013 Take the surprise out of failure. You can\u2019t succeed without failing.\u00a0 In fact, failure is mandatory, especially if you are creating something new and different.\u00a0 The world isn\u2019t structured for this new thing you are creating.\u00a0 So stop being surprised that you failed.\u00a0 YAY for failure! Seize \u2013 Make the journey part of the surprising destination. Focus on your bigger purpose and practice humility.\u00a0 That way you\u2019ll see the road signs that will take you where the breakthrough is. Soren Kaplan is a Living Leapfrogger Soren Kaplan is the Founder and Managing Principal of InnovationPoint.\u00a0 He leads strategic initiatives and provides leadership development for organizations that include Colgate-Palmolive, Disney, Pepsi, Visa and many more familiar brands.\u00a0 He is also and Adjunct Professor within Imagineering Academy and NHTC Breda University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. We meet our author in the beginning of the book as he\u2019s headed into a Paris caf\u00e9 to write this book.\u00a0 At the time it was still an idea about how business owners and companies create business breakthroughs.\u00a0 That\u2019s when he has a leapfrogging moment \u2013 right there in the caf\u00e9!\u00a0 That\u2019s when I realize that he\u2019s not just researching and writing about a topic, but actually living it and allowing his insights to impact how he lives in the world. Over the course of his research with major organizations and his experience in the field, he\u2019s outlined a process and a way of behaving in the world that makes transforms surprises into breakthroughs and breakthroughs into innovations. Why Read This Book? Aside from the fact that it is interesting and entertaining, you\u2019ll want to read this book because it will have you reflecting on all the different ways that you are disrupting the breakthrough process for yourself.\u00a0 The start of each chapter has the top ideas frontloaded so that you can reflect on the key points as you read through the case studies. You\u2019ll also find reflective \u201cquestions to consider\u201d at the end of chapters and sections that you can answer for yourself, in a journal or along with your team. I\u2019d recommend this book to any small business team or corporate team.\u00a0 It\u2019s a book worth reading as a group and talking about.\u00a0 I think that teams will uncover a handful of practices and strategies that they can use inside their organizations that, when put into practice, will create breakthroughs and innovations that will take their business forward in any economy.