MVP: Sometimes making the same old thing better beats doing something new.
My mom has a new Porsche!
My mom is 90-years young and doesn't drive anymore, so you may wonder what the value is in her owning a Porsche.
Her new set of wheels is actually a walker, manufactured by Porsche.
It is much lighter and easier to maneuver than her previous walker. The ergonomics are better and there is a place for coffee when she makes it out to one of San Francisco’s many local coffee shops. She hasn’t quite figured out where to put the croissant though.
What does this have to do with leadership?
This huge quality of life improvement didn’t come from doing something different. It came from doing the same thing but better.
Instead of trying something new, consider just making the old thing better.
We can often invest less time and attention into improving our current practice than in trying to do something new and different.
Finally, a shout out to my mom, Barbara Buskey, who has read every one of the daily emails since I began writing them in April 2020. I love you mom and wouldn’t have the confidence to write like this if you hadn’t nurtured me each step of the way.
Today’s intention: Think about something that isn’t working, but instead of figuring out how to replace it, consider what tweaks you could implement to make it work better.