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What To Do With Mistakes

Posted in A Note to Directors, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on September 30, 2019 by RobALott

I received an email a couple days ago from a notable organization letting me know of a service that was soon going to be available.

A few minutes later I received another email from the same organization saying they had made a mistake, the service was not yet available, and they apologized for the extra email and inconvenience.

Did I immediately distrust the organization?

No. On the contrary. I immediately trusted the organization more for quickly recognizing their mistake, owning it, and apologizing.

They didn’t try to cover it up with a “What we meant was…” email.

They didn’t wait to see if anyone would notice.

They didn’t try to spin it with a “No, you must have read it wrong. The misunderstanding is on your end…” email.

They recognized it, owned it, apologized for it, and now I trust them more because of it.

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Avoid mistakes, absolutely.

But mistakes are going to happen. And like all matters of value, decide ahead of time how you’ll respond when a mistake is made.

For the First Timers

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff on July 29, 2019 by RobALott

Do the show for the First Timers in the audience.

First Timers become Returners.

Returners are trying to get that feeling back that they had when they were First Timers.

Comedy: We Have a Choice

Posted in Creativity, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on July 22, 2019 by RobALott

I do believe comedy is harder today than it was yesterday. And being funny tomorrow will be harder than it is today.

What audiences found funny yesterday can literally become offensive and unfunny over night.

As comedians, we have a choice:

We can continue fighting for what was once thought funny. We can claim the bit as classic and thus, timelessly funny. We can declare audiences to be overly sensitive. We can wave the flags of comedic theory and fight to educate audiences on why the bit should still be funny.

Or…

We can continue to look for what’s going to be funny tomorrow. We can challenge ourselves to find the funny, not only for today, but also tomorrow.

The first option is created.

It worked yesterday. It’ll probably work today. But it may not work tomorrow.

The second is creative.

It’s experimental. It may not work today, but keep tweaking. It just might work tomorrow.

Rarely Do We Have a Bad Day

Posted in A Note to Directors, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on April 1, 2019 by RobALott

Most times we have a bad forty-five minutes.

Reframe. Refocus. Reset.

How the New is Created

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff on January 14, 2019 by RobALott
Paid rehearsals. 
Finished scripts. 
Finalized schedules. 
This is how the existing is maintained. 
This is not how the new is created. 

How the New is Created

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff on January 14, 2019 by RobALott
Paid rehearsals. 
Finished scripts. 
Finalized schedules. 
This is how the existing is maintained. 
This is not how the new is created. 

Rob’s Recommended Reading List of 2018

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Rob Recommends on January 2, 2019 by RobALott

Books I Read, Learned From, and Enjoyed In 2018

Tips – Jon Jory

One Little Spark! -Marty Sklar

The Power Of Moments – Chip & Dan Heath

The War Of Art – Steven Pressfield

Impro – Keith Johnstone

From This Day Forward – Craig & Amy

Groeschel

Daring Greatly – Brené Brown

Bossypants – Tina Fey

The E-Myth Revisited – Michael E. Gerber

Unified – Tim Scott & Trey Gowdy

You And Your Network – Fred Smith

When – Daniel H. Pink

Play The Man – Mark Batterson

Making Elephants Fly – Terry Weaver

Real Artists Don’t Starve- Jeff Goins

Everybody Always – Bob Goff

Together Is Better – Simon Sinek