Archive for April, 2018

One Of The Greatest Abilities

Posted in A Note to Directors, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on April 30, 2018 by RobALott

One of the greatest abilities is likability.

“I’m sorry, but I just have to say…”

“No offense, but…”

“I’m a straight shooter.”

“I’m always honest. I always tell the truth.”

All of that is fine, some of it noble in fact. But you’ll have a lot more wiggle room to say the things you need to say if you’re first likable.

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No Substitute For Experience

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on April 23, 2018 by RobALott

It is only in real-world boots-on-the-ground experience that we learn what works and what doesn’t. Education and preparation is great, and actually vital. It’s where we learn how it worked for everyone else. But real-world experience—not theory, not someone else’s experience—but real-world experience, this is where the truth, our truth, lives.

Preparation and education is no substitute for experience.

Callbacks Don’t Count

Posted in Creativity, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on April 16, 2018 by RobALott

I once knew a guy who had what he thought were his most notable call-backs listed on his resume.

Friends, we don’t get credit for things we almost did.

(On our resume or in life.)

Mountain Top Moments

Posted in Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership on April 9, 2018 by RobALott

The thing about mountain top moments:

Mountain top moments are great, but they’re fleeting. You can’t stay there long.

The view is amazing and certainly worth the climb! The sense of accomplishment is unparalleled.

But it’s cold. There’s only room for a few people up there, and it can get lonely really fast.

The best and most productive thing you can do in a mountain top moment: Enjoy the view, take it all in, accept the cheers and applause, but then plant your flag and begin to climb down in order to prepare for the next climb.

The Hand Raisers

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Thoughts on Leadership on April 2, 2018 by RobALott

It has absolutely been my experience that when someone raises their hand to do a thing, it’s most often because they believe they have the skills and the drive necessary to do the thing. The courage to raise their hand was simply the first step.

It’s true, no one is ever really and fully ready.

You weren’t!

But someone took a chance on you. (Wow, did they ever!)

What if, with all the influence you hold today, you were known for taking chances on people and giving them opportunities?

It’s true, they may not be ready. They may have some stumbles along the way. But this is where your guidance and leadership comes into play.

Someone, somewhere, someday will get to say, “I gave them a chance—I gave them their first shot.”

Why not you? Why not here? Why not today?

Pay attention to the hand raisers.

They’re more ready than you might think.