Archive for March, 2017

Lies & Trust

Posted in A Note to Directors, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on March 27, 2017 by RobALott

Asking someone to lie for you may show and build your trust in them, but it will eventually and inevitably deplete their trust in you.

Always Keep a Pen Handy

Posted in Creativity, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff on March 20, 2017 by RobALott

“You always have a pen in your hand when you’re reading.”

Yes. Because the black parts on the page are for what the author thinks. The white parts are for what the reader thinks.

What to do with the Critics

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership on March 13, 2017 by RobALott

It is said that on multiple occasions when one of Rocco Landesman’s shows was panned by a critic, he would call up the critic, not to scold and berate them, but rather to hire them. 

He would actually take the critiques back to his creative teams and rather than shrugging them off as irrelevant or unknowing, they would go to work fixing all the things the critic cited as problematic. 

Rocco Landesman became president of Jujamcyn Theaters, a company that owned five Broadway theaters, as well as the chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Friends,

If you’re smart and good at what you do, go find yourself some smart people who are also good at what they do, but who also happen to disagree with you.

The Time She Wanted to Kill the Director 

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Quotes on March 8, 2017 by RobALott

“One time when I was a guest on a sitcom, I actually wanted to kill the director. This is why: The other actors and I were in the middle of a scene and the audience was howling with laughter. I mean we were definitely on a roll, when out of the blue, we hear from the director’a booth, ‘CUT!’—totally killing the momentum of the scene. We had no idea what had gone wrong. And then we found out. It seems a picture on the wall behind us was a bit crooked, and the stage manager was told to come out and straighten it! Lord!” 

In Such Good Company by Carol Burnett 

If Not, Cut It. 

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Nuts & Bolts Stuff on March 6, 2017 by RobALott

If it moves, the audience will see it. 

If it makes a noise, the audience will hear it. 

Survey all your movement and sound. Does it throw focus? Does it serve the story? Does it serve the audience? 

If not, cut it.

Characteristics of an Effective Vision

Posted in A Note to Directors, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Rob Recommends, Thoughts on Leadership on March 1, 2017 by RobALott

Characteristics of an Effective Vision

• Imaginable: Conveys a picture of what the future will look like

• Desirable: Appeals to the long-term interests of employees, customers, stockholders, and others who have a stake in the enterprise

• Feasible: Comprises realistic, attainable goals

• Focused: Is clear enough to provide guidance in decision making

• Flexible: Is general enough to allow individual initiative and alternative responses in light of changing conditions

• Communicable: Is easy to communicate; can be successfully explained within five minutes

Leading Change by John P. Kotter