I like Downton Abbey a lot and football a little, so it worked out well for me that Downton was on television last night even though it overlapped with the Super Bowl.  

But I found it interesting that Downton takes a week’s hiatus during the Academy Awards.  Apparently Dowager fans are also aficionados of the Oscars. (Perhaps it is because they are into watching fashion in both shows?)

The lesson I take from this is to know your audience. There was likely little overlap between the Super Bowl crowd and the Abbey viewers, so both could continue opposed. But if viewership was to be impacted against the Academy Awards, it was wise to delay a week.  

You don’t have to rigidly follow a schedule without regard to external events. Be attuned to what your target market is paying attention to, and adjust accordingly.  Sometimes you want to punt and other times you can ad lib. Be willing to do either.

— beth triplett

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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