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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.

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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.

Supply & Demand

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership on March 26, 2018 by RobALott

The problem with the idea of “Supply & Demand” is that we think Supply comes first.

We create and create and create Supply without checking to see if there’s much or any Demand.

Create demand (Psst. That’s vision.)

Then get working on supply.

The Director’s Voice

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on March 19, 2018 by RobALott

We can get all the cheers, ovations, and applause an audience has to give, but it takes our director’s voice telling us we did a good job to know for sure that we did.

Introducing the Leading Creative Podcast

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Quotes, Rob Recommends, Thoughts on Leadership on March 12, 2018 by RobALott

I am thrilled to announce that I have begun hosting a brand new podcast!

The Leading Creative Podcast: Bridging the gap between Leadership and Creativity.

Click the link above to listen, subscribe, and share!

Let me know what you think!

I Would Never…

Posted in A Note to Directors, Thoughts on Leadership on February 19, 2018 by RobALott

“I would never ask you to do anything I wouldn’t do.”

Yep. That’s pretty good.

“I would never ask you to do anything I haven’t done.”

That’s better.

“I would never ask you to do anything I am not also doing.”

Best.

More Is Not Always The Answer

Posted in A Note to Directors, Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership on February 12, 2018 by RobALott

In the early days of Saturday Night Live, Lorne Michaels was brought to the top of the NBC Building to meet with some NBC Executives. They had questions about some of the expansions to the budget and production timelines he had requested.

He explained how he felt that a further developed budget and an increase in the production timeline would help the show keep up with growing audience expectations. He feared the show was losing its edge, and was no longer the challenge to the writers, the cast, or the audience it had set out to be. Essentially, the show was on a collision course, Lorne felt, with mediocrity.

An NBC Executive leaned forward, “Let me explain something. You are contracted to produce an hour and a half of programming from 11:30 PM to 1:00 AM every Saturday night. That’s all. No where in your contract does it say that that hour and a half needs to be any good. It doesn’t. Relax. You’re working too hard.”

Lorne smiled and went back to work, but left the show shortly after that.

Here’s what I know:

More money isn’t always the answer.

More time isn’t always the answer.

But lowering the bar, racing to the bottom, decreasing expectation, these things aren’t always the answer either.