Archive for January, 2016

Ask Yourself

Posted in Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership on January 25, 2016 by RobALott

Before writing that review, ripping apart someone else’s work.

Before slandering the show you saw last night.

Before telling everyone not to buy it, read it, watch it, or listen to it, simply because you didn’t like it.

Ask yourself:

Was it for me?

The Foundation of Creative Results

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Quotes on January 20, 2016 by RobALott

“Being human and taking risks are the foundation of creative results. Taking risks shows you are willing to tap into something your gut is telling you will work, without letting your head talk you out of it. That’s creativity and humanness at its best.” -Nancy Duarte, Resonate

Even After the Secret’s Out

Posted in Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership on January 18, 2016 by RobALott

Here’s a something I’ve learned. 

When someone confides in you, when they tell you a secret, if they choose to go public and tell the world, you should still act as though you never knew the secret, that you are finding out with everyone else. 

In doing so, you will have fully completed and upheld your part in keeping the secret, and thusly maintained the trust of the secret giver.

A Common Fallacy About Creative Thinking

Posted in Creativity, Quotes on January 13, 2016 by RobALott

“Let’s clear up a common fallacy about the meaning of creative thinking. For some illogical reason, science, engineering, art, and writing got tabbed as about the only truly creative pursuits. Most people associate creative thinking with things like the discovery of electricity or polio vaccine, or the writing of a novel, or the development of a color television. 
Certainly, accomplishments like these are evidence of creative thinking. Each forward step made in the conquest of space is the result of creative thinking, lots of it. But creative thinking is not reserved for certain occupations nor is it restricted to super intelligent people.”
-Dr. David J. Schwartz, The Magic of Thinking Big (1959)

Public Apology?

Posted in A Note to Directors, Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership on January 11, 2016 by RobALott

However publicly you hurt someone is also how publicly you should apologize.

Just a thought.

We May Not Want the Truth, But…

Posted in A Note to Directors, Got Me Thinkin', Quotes, Thoughts on Leadership on January 6, 2016 by RobALott

“People may not always want to hear the truth, but they tend to trust the people who deal in it, demand it, and display it at all times.” -Jack Welch

Far Better Questions

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on January 4, 2016 by RobALott

After the first rehearsal. 

After the first full run.

After the final dress. 

After opening night. 

“What worked?” and “What didn’t work?” are far better questions than “What went wrong?”