Archive for the Thoughts on Leadership Category

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.

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Sorry, I Have to Give You This Note

Posted in A Note to Directors, Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership on May 27, 2019 by RobALott

“Sorry, I have to give you this note.”

No you don’t.

Is the note helpful?

Is the note coming, not from a place of position or power but rather from a place of partnership? Then give the note.

Otherwise, no. Think twice. You do not have to give the note.

(Rule of thumb: A good note rarely starts with an apology.)

The Generous Act

Posted in A Note to Directors, Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership on April 8, 2019 by RobALott

Sometimes, a generous act is to listen to a story you’ve already heard. Sometimes, it’s to laugh at the joke you already know. Sometimes, it’s to act surprised even though you knew it was coming. And sometimes, it’s to let something go, assume they didn’t mean it, and to simply move on.

Choosing generosity is sometimes the most generous thing you can do.

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.

I Don’t But I Do

Posted in Creativity, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership on March 25, 2019 by RobALott

I don’t love reading. I love having read.

I don’t love writing. I love having written.

I don’t love rehearsal. I love being prepared.

I don’t love putting on the costume. I love stepping onstage.

My mom was right when she said,

“Sometimes you have to do some things you don’t want to do in order to do the things you do want to do.”

We Hold The Remote

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

When sitting at home, an audience member holds the control to what they watch and how they watch it, right in their hand.

Missed a line? They can go back ten seconds.

Bored with this part? They can fast forward.

They can adjust the volume. They can pause. They can rewind. They can stop and they can play.

However, when an audience member comes to the theatre, they give up their control of the performance.

Therefore, we must control it for them. They are counting on us to do so.

We can go back just a bit for the missed line. We can get through the boring parts. We can pause. We can be louder and quieter. We can stop. And we can most definitely play.

The audience is counting on us to take control for them.

Be Where Your Feet Are

Posted in Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership on December 24, 2018 by RobALott

I heard a phrase today I have never heard before:

Be where your feet are.

Be present.

Be aware.

Look up.

Look the person across from you in the eye.

Listen.

Be where your feet are.