A Twist on Throwback Thursday – What Have You Forgotten?

This Week’s Focus Point

Thanks to Spotify’s curated playlists, I’m sitting here listening to a bunch of music from my youth. They call it ‘Throwback Thursday’. Although it’s been years since I’ve last heard many of these tunes, each are still just as familiar as years ago – the neural pathways are still there. The effect it has on me hasn’t changed either – I’m sitting here bopping away to it.

Too often we look for the latest, cuttting edge thing to keep our (shortening) attention spans occupied. New theories, new tech, new science, new approaches.

But how often did we have something very good that we just let slip and drop away?

Jim Collins outlined the key elements to get from ‘Good to Great’, but as a friend of mine, Noah Fleming, often points out – we need to get to good first!

These ‘forgotten elements’ are often the secret to getting back to good. We get too caught up in the ‘advanced’ and lose sight of the basics.

So this week I’m suggesting a twist to the typical ‘Throwback Thursday’ – consider what elements you achieved success with that you no longer do. Why did you stop them? Was it simply a loss of novelty or perhaps they were lost in the pursuit of the new?

Your Weekly Challenge

This week:

Pick one area that you used to do well, that you are now struggling in.

What changed? What did you used to do, that you stopped?

Give the basics a shot again, you will be pleasantly surprised.

This Week’s Thought Pulses

Leadership & Performance

The basics are foundational for a reason. Nail them first.
This is why a clear purpose is so important – it’s the foundation for everything else.

Momentum & Energy

Looking for a quick win to rapidly build momentum? – Start with the basics. There is always at least one area that can be remedied and addressed quickly to get the ball rolling.

Delivery & Oversight

There’s no point in having great reporting if you don’t know what your projects are aiming to achieve.


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