Archive for the Thoughts on Leadership Category

Pay Attention to the Rule Breakers

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership, Uncategorized on September 25, 2017 by RobALott

They tend to become the leaders.

(Sorry rule followers.)

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You Are Connected

Posted in Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership on September 18, 2017 by RobALott

You are connected somewhere.
You have strings you can pull.
You have calls you can make.
You have influence and clout you can leverage.

So use it and do it!

Use it to make someone's day.
Use it to make someone smile.
Use it to make something just a little easier.

Responding to the Critics

Posted in A Note to Directors, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on September 4, 2017 by RobALott

Before responding to your critics, one of the first questions you might ask should be:

"How much influence does this critic have?"

"Will my response to their critique elevate their opinion and influence?"

Not every critic gets the privilege of a response.

More Than Creativity and Talent

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on August 28, 2017 by RobALott

Don't ever forget that our craft of theatre and performance involves more than creativity and talent.

It also means being reliable.

Producers and directors will quickly and properly drop an artist—any artist—for failure to remember this truth.

Don’t Let Them Down

Posted in Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership on August 21, 2017 by RobALott

A reporter once asked Joe DiMaggio how he managed to play so well so consistently, and he said:

"I always thought that there was at least one person in the stands who had never seen me play, and I didn't want to let him down."

Effort Comes First

Posted in Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on August 14, 2017 by RobALott

"They don't pay me enough to worry about that."

Just how much more would they need to pay for you to put forth an effort?

What effort would you give if they paid you twice as much?

Here's the truth:
Effort is free and payment will come. But make no mistake, effort always comes before payment.

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.