Archive for July, 2015

Don’t Fool Yourself

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on July 31, 2015 by RobALott

Just because no one has called you on it doesn’t mean you’re getting away with it.  

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To be Clear…

Posted in Thoughts on Leadership on July 24, 2015 by RobALott

Leadership and management are not the same thing.

Leaders lead. Managers manage. Both are important, but they are not interchangeable. 

By the way, your job title has nothing to do with it. 

Know Which One You Are

Posted in Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin' on July 17, 2015 by RobALott

While some of us are being paid to be here, 

some of us are here because someone paid for us to be here, 

and finally, 

some of us paid to be here. 

When you walk into a theater, know which one you are, and act accordingly.

Three Questions that Filter My Decision Making

Posted in A Note to Directors, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on July 13, 2015 by RobALott

I’ve heard the average person makes over 30,000 decisions in one day. I’m sure most of those decisions don’t make our radar as difficult or emotionally consuming. However, most of us will be faced with decisions that test our resolve and challenge our judgment on a somewhat regular basis. 

I have been collecting questions over the last few years to assist me with my decision making. While the circumstances to which I apply these questions might be specific and original to me, none of the questions themselves are original to me. 

I’m just passing along what I’ve collected. 

Question #1: What is the wise thing to do?

Not what is the smart thing to do. Not what is the most beneficial thing to do. And certainly don’t get caught up in a debate with yourself arguing that it’s legal so it must be ok. No, ask yourself what is the wise thing to do. Decisions become clear quite quickly when viewed through this filter. 

Question #2: Is this a problem to solve or a tension to manage?

Are there valid arguments on all sides? Does the problem keep coming up? This might not be a decision to make or problem to solve. It might be a tension to manage. Therefore, don’t make rules. Don’t make policy. Refer back to question number one, use your best judgement and move on. (Until the issue comes around again. And it will.)

Question #3: What’s the one thing I can do, such that by doing it, everything else will become easier or unnecessary?

With all your decisions to make and problems to solve laid out in front of you, what’s the one thing you could do, such that by doing it, would make all the other things easier or simply make them go away?

That’s it. Those are the three questions. Try them. In any order. Use them as needed individually or all together. 

What are your decision making aids? What questions do you use to filter your best thinking?

Teach What You’ve Learned

Posted in A Note to Directors, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on July 10, 2015 by RobALott

…not what you’ve been taught.

Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow?

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on July 6, 2015 by RobALott

“It is seldom indeed that one parts on good terms, because if one were on good terms one would not part.” -Marcel Proust 

And that’s, ok. 

Many times I’ve left on my own. A couple times I’ve been asked to leave. And one time I was replaced without notice with no reason as to why. It’s not fun, but it happens. 

The thing is, everything has always worked out just fine. 

Transitions, separations, and departures happen. And that’s, ok.

Forced? Really?

Posted in Got Me Thinkin' on July 3, 2015 by RobALott

There are a few people in the world who are truly forced to do things. 

We are probably not those people. 

You do have a choice. 

Scheduled and mandatory are not actually synonymous with forced.