For What You Get In Return…

Posted in Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership on October 2, 2017 by RobALott

So, you say a few nice words.

You do a little extra.

You show up a little early and you stay a little longer.

You remember an important date.

You stop what you’re doing and have a conversation.

It’s a small price to pay for what you get in return.

For what you get in return,

it’s a steal.

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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.)

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.

Sparking Creativity

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff on September 12, 2017 by RobALott

Two legit ways to spark creativity:

1) Get yourself out of routine. Do something out of the ordinary. Go somewhere you've never been.

2) Do something that's so routine, your mind can wander. Delve into a task that's so mindless, your muscles have so memorized, your imagination has no choice but to fill the void.

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."