Archive for the Quotes Category

You Are the Greatest Subject

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Quotes, Thoughts on Leadership on August 7, 2017 by RobALott

"We have measured the earth, the stars, and the depths of the seas; we have discovered riverbeds and mountains on the moon. We have built clever machines, and every day we discover something new.… But something, some most important thing, is missing, and we do not know exactly what. We feel bad because we know lots of unnecessary things but do not know the most important—ourselves." -Leo Tolstoy

Learn as much as you can about yourself and don't stop.

Take personality tests, read books on subjects you are most interested in, find ways to get feedback on what you're great at and where your strengths lie.

It's not selfish or egotistical, but it's rather the single greatest contribution you can make to your work, your team, your family, your spouse, the people you lead, your boss, and your friends.


Leadership Is Not About Love

Posted in A Note to Directors, Got Me Thinkin', Quotes, Thoughts on Leadership on August 2, 2017 by RobALott

"Leadership is not about love—it is love. It's loving your mission, it's loving your customers, it's loving your people, and it's loving yourself enough to get out of the way so other people can be magnificent." -Margie Blanchard

The Point of Humor…

Posted in A Note to Directors, Quotes on July 26, 2017 by RobALott

"There is no law that says humor has to make a point. Pure nonsense is a joy forever." -William Zinsser

When Strengths & Passions Meet

Posted in Creativity, Quotes on June 7, 2017 by RobALott

“Our calling isn’t something we have to search for relentlessly; it’s sewn into who we are. As we recognize our strengths, we’ll uncover our passions. Where our strengths intersect our passions, therein lies our calling.” -Marcus Buckingham

A Misleading Question 

Posted in Got Me Thinkin', Quotes, Thoughts on Leadership on May 10, 2017 by RobALott

Why do we focus so much on what kids want to be and do when they grow up? It’s a misleading question. It insinuates something completely untrue about life. 

It insinuates that life is a destination. That life is about arriving. And more specifically, that life is about arriving at a profession, a job title, and a career. 

Life isn’t about arriving. We don’t stop learning when we get out of school. We don’t stop working when we get our first big career break. We don’t stop dreaming when we reach a milestone. We never stop imagining; we never stop growing; we never stop reaching, believing, creating. 

Life is a journey. 

I think we should change the question. Rather than asking “What do you want to be when you grow up?” we should ask a far more important question: “What do you want your life to look like?”

Excerpt from How’s Your Soul? by Judah Smith

Like Bread

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Quotes on May 3, 2017 by RobALott

 “Theatre, like bread, must be made fresh every day.” -Alan Bruun


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


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.