Downton Abbey and MBWA

The most recent New York Times Sunday magazine included an article on the popular PBS drama, "Downton Abbey." Titled "The Upside-Down Appeal of 'Downton Abbey,'" the author was clearly attempting to suss out the attraction to the show. Along the way, she explains that she found the leadership style of lord of the manor an unexpected twist. Apparently he engaged in leadership techniques that would make Tom proud, including Managing by Wandering Around. She went so far as to call the lord a "devotee of Tom Peters." Although we joke with Tom about the length of his career, we're fairly certain In Search of Excellence cannot be found on a feudal lord's bookshelf. Regardless, it's fascinating to find leadership lessons so far from the typical corporate office, and we hope the article provides plenty of food for thought.