Archive for April, 2017

The Myth of the Mountain Top

Posted in Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership on April 24, 2017 by RobALott

The mountain top of success is not a pointy peak at all, but rather a vast expanse in which there’s room for all of us. 

Stop pushing people off the mountain. 

Stop cutting people off along the climb. 

There’s room for you. 

There’s room for me. 

There’s room for all of us.

Gentlemen…

Posted in Got Me Thinkin', Quotes, Thoughts on Leadership on April 17, 2017 by RobALott

“I have to explain something here. At that time back in the 70s, if a woman had her own show on TV and ‘spoke up,’ she would be labeled as a bitch, whereas if a man (such as Gleason, Berle, Caesar, etc.) did the same thing, he was labeled assertive, strong, smart etc. Hence, I seldom ruffled feathers. I would somehow find a way to ease into expressing an opinion and still be ‘ladylike,’ thus avoiding being a ‘bitch.’ For instance, when a particular sketch was ‘lacking,’ so to speak, instead of saying to the writers, ‘We have to fix this, it’s not funny,’ I would tap-dance around the criticism by saying, ‘Gosh, you guys, I don’t know what’s wrong with me today, but I’m having trouble making this work, can you help me?’ Yep, that’s how it was back then. At least, that’s how I was.” -Carol Burnett, In Such Good Company

Gentlemen, 

Let’s think about this two ways. 

First, let’s not move backwards. This is still an issue, I know. So, let’s be part of the solution, not the problem. Guys, more often than not, the women we have surrounded ourselves with are smarter and far more intuitive than us. Don’t shut down a straight forward piece of feedback and label it as anything other than helpful. 

Second, I think we can take a note from her approach to making changes and finding fixes. It was her show. She was in charge. But instead of placing blame like so many who had come before, she took responsibility. THAT is assertive, strong, and smart.

What To Do With the Downtime

Posted in A Note to Directors, Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership on April 10, 2017 by RobALott

“It was a flash in the pan!” 

“It was lightning in a bottle!”

“For whatever reason, it just works.”

Wrong. 

If you don’t know why it’s working when it’s working, then when it’s broken you won’t know how to fix it.

Use the downtime while “it’s working” to go to work on finding out why.

Just Be Cool

Posted in Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Nuts & Bolts Stuff on April 3, 2017 by RobALott

When in doubt, just be cool. 

Someone messes up on stage? 

Just be cool. 

No need to call out the mistake. No need to make the audience aware of the misstep. Just go with it. Help them. Make it right. 

Just be cool.