Archive for the Got Me Thinkin’ Category

The Secret to Longevity in Live Entertainment:

Posted in Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff on November 13, 2017 by RobALott

Make it sound like you’ve done it 1000 times.

Make it look like it’s the first time, every time.


More Is Not Always The Answer

Posted in A Note to Directors, Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership on November 6, 2017 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.

Revenge Isn’t Always Bad

Posted in Creativity, Got Me Thinkin' on October 30, 2017 by RobALott

Revenge isn’t always a bad response. It doesn’t have to be harmful or destructive.

Revenge can be a great source for creativity, a reliable strategy for proving someone wrong, and a forever source to prove your own worth.

Revenge isn’t always bad.

The Truth About Encores

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff on October 23, 2017 by RobALott

My uncle was a magician. When someone would ask him to do a trick again, he would say, “The first time is entertainment, the second time is education.”

Often times, when an audience asks us to perform something again, it’s not actually because they want to see it or hear it again, but rather they want to experience that same feeling they had the first time.

The success of an encore performance has more to do with recreating a feeling for our audience than recreating a performance.

My Hope: A Well Functioning Team

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on October 9, 2017 by RobALott

I hope for each of you that one day you’ll have the joy of working on a well functioning team.

Everyone should have the experience, at least once in their lives, being part of a team where trust, candor, commitment, accountability, and attention to results abound.

(The thing is, once you’ve experienced being on a great team, it easily becomes a way of life and is really hard to go back to anything else.)

For What You Get In Return…

Posted in Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership on October 2, 2017 by RobALott

So, you say a few nice words.

You do a little extra.

You show up a little early and you stay a little longer.

You remember an important date.

You stop what you’re doing and have a conversation.

It’s a small price to pay for what you get in return.

For what you get in return,

it’s a steal.

Pay Attention to the Rule Breakers

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership, Uncategorized on September 25, 2017 by RobALott

They tend to become the leaders.

(Sorry rule followers.)