Archive for the Thoughts on Leadership Category

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.

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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.

As If in the Presence Of a Master

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership on October 22, 2018 by RobALott

“Play always as if in the presence of a master.” -Robert Schumann

Many of you reading this have the opportunity to perform for thousands of people every day.

What if we performed with the assumption that every audience has at least one person who’s an expert in every aspect of our show, including expertise in our performance?

Because here’s the thing: If our house seats a thousand people, the assumption that one of those audience members would be an expert in any and every area of our show is not a far off one.

(By the way… If we get their thing right, they’ll assume we got the other things right too.)

The Job You Want

Posted in Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership on October 8, 2018 by RobALott

“Dress for the job you want not the job you have.”

While your physical appearance can say a lot, I believe this idea has more to do with mental preparation than it does one’s choice of wardrobe for the day.

Think, respond, and act for the job you want not the job you have.

It’s Ok to Question

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on October 1, 2018 by RobALott

Be respectful.

Be thoughtful.

Mind your timing and choose an appropriate location.

But do know, it is ok and sometimes necessary to question our leaders.

A Front Row Seat

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

How can I show love today?

Where can I show sympathy and empathy?

How can I give action to my spoken values of generosity?

Answering and following through on these questions gets you a front row seat to the right side of history.

Playing Hurt

Posted in Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on September 17, 2018 by RobALott

In sports…

Your team and the fans will understand if you choose not to play while hurt.

Meanwhile…

If you still play while hurt, and you help the team win, you can actually be seen as a hero!

But…

If you keep a team from winning because you played hurt, well, the team and the fans have little to no patience for that.

Anyway…

I bet there are a number of other places where this is true.