Archive for the Thoughts on Leadership Category

We’ll All Be Ok

Posted in Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership on June 29, 2020 by RobALott

Here’s what’s going to happen:

The confederate flag is going to go away.
The statues are going to be taken down.
The racist jokes and satire are going to be removed and erased from our previous popular culture.

These things are going to happen in some way, shape, or form.

And you know what?

You’ll be ok.

I will be ok.

We will be ok.

Our children will be ok.

Future generations will be ok.

History will be updated to reflect the Why behind these changing times.

Ok, so.

Now that you know this, on which side of history will you choose to land?

(Because you do get to choose.)

Might as well *choose now.

As a guiding principle

*Want to be on the right side of history? Ask yourself: What’s the best way I can show love right now?

Let’s Get Better

Posted in Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership on May 31, 2020 by RobALott

Make eye contact with someone who doesn’t look like you. Then smile.

Wave at someone across the street who doesn’t look like you.

Begin a light conversation with someone who doesn’t look like you. If they shut it down, that’s ok. The small talk was never the point.

Let’s begin to see each other more;
Acknowledge each other more;
Recognize each other more.

Let’s get better at meeting and talking to strangers.

Consider The Jazz Band Leader

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership, Uncategorized on April 10, 2020 by RobALott

Episode 44 of The #Leading #Creative #Podcast is now available!

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What The…Who The…

Posted in Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership on April 6, 2020 by RobALott

Has someone popped into your head recently for no apparent reason?

Nothing you are doing, nothing you saw, nothing you heard should remind you or make you think of them, and yet, here you are, with them suddenly at the top of your mind.

Maybe reach out to them.

A quick text.
A phone call.

Call it God. Call it the Universe. Call it energy.

Something has taken them from your subconscious to your very present and dominant conscience.

Don’t ignore it. Act on it.

Maybe it’s nothing. Or maybe it’s something.
But you never know the difference it might make.

A Lot of Responsibility

Posted in Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on February 24, 2020 by RobALott

Every time you step onstage—no matter what role—you are the authority in the room. The audience is looking to you to take and to have control.

When things go wrong, the audience will always look to those onstage to fix it.

This is a lot of responsibility.

Don’t abdicate.
Don’t delegate.
Don’t shirk.

Own it. Be the expert. Be the authority.

Better Look Busy

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on January 27, 2020 by RobALott

Want to look busy during strike without any actual responsibility?

Just go to center stage and stare up into the fly space. Every once in a while make a gesture like something needs to be moved up there.

The actual work will get done and you won’t have to do any of it.

(Just a heads up, though. You might fool the others who are looking to get out of the work and responsibility, but you won’t fool those who are doing the actual work or are taking the responsibility. That might have some long term consequences.)

Off The Stage And Out The Stage Door…

Posted in Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on December 23, 2019 by RobALott

To Those of Us Who Spend Any Amount of Time on Stage,

We are so often easily recognized off the stage. Our audiences have spent anywhere from a couple of minutes to a couple of hours investing their time and emotions in us, our character, and our story.

Let’s make sure our behavior off-stage continues to represent our performance, our show, and (bonus points), our producer well.

Out of makeup, out of costume, and out of the spotlight — we are still being watched. No need to perform, but let’s not tarnish our performance or our audience’s experience with out of character off-brand behavior.

As A Theatrical Director…

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on December 16, 2019 by RobALott

As a theatrical director, I give verbal notes to cast, crew, and design teams at the beginning and end of each day’s rehearsal. These contain observations for adjustments to improve performances, as well as technical, and design elements. My comments are critical, which means they are a product of my analysis toward accomplishing a better result. I make an evaluation as to quality and effectiveness.

Giving notes must not mean that I am judgmental in a mean-spirited or arrogant way. To have value, my critiques must be constructive, informative, understandable, and above all doable. Otherwise they are just a scold. My observations must “serve the work” and make our production stronger, richer, smarter, and more engaging. A director’s notes are worthless, hollow words if they don’t move us all toward greater artistic achievement. This would be true for anyone in a supervisory position in any organization.

Hatch! by C. McNair Wilson

If Relevance Is The Aim…

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership on October 7, 2019 by RobALott

….then we must have the courage to ask and recognize where we’re out of touch.

We absolutely must have the courage to ask where our blind spots are, and the wisdom, then, to ask for help.

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.