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.

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Leadership Is Not About Love

Posted in A Note to Directors, Got Me Thinkin', Quotes, Thoughts on Leadership on August 2, 2017 by RobALott

"Leadership is not about love—it is love. It's loving your mission, it's loving your customers, it's loving your people, and it's loving yourself enough to get out of the way so other people can be magnificent." -Margie Blanchard

Trust

Posted in A Note to Directors, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on July 31, 2017 by RobALott

People will work with you once because they like you.

But they will work with you continually because they trust you.

The Point of Humor…

Posted in A Note to Directors, Quotes on July 26, 2017 by RobALott

"There is no law that says humor has to make a point. Pure nonsense is a joy forever." -William Zinsser

After All…

Posted in Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on July 24, 2017 by RobALott

Be careful criticizing your director; questioning their motives and decisions.

After all, they did cast you.

90 or 10

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Got Me Thinkin' on July 10, 2017 by RobALott

You can aim your performance to 90% or 10% of the audience. Be careful aiming for much of anything in between. 

90% is pretty much the most you can get of any audience for anything ever. You’ll never be able to please everyone. 

But if you aren’t interested in the 90%, don’t you dare try and get a crowd of 20% to 80%. This is where the marginalized, the mediocre, and the pretty good tend to live. 

Aim for the 10%. The beautiful thing about capturing the attention and imagination of the 10%: Appreciating your attention to detail and your unwillingness to compromise, they will bring you 100% of their coveted tribe of 10%.

On Punishing Creativity 

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on July 3, 2017 by RobALott

Be careful punishing someone for drifting outside their lane and coloring outside the lines. 

That creativity you might punish them for is probably the same creativity for which you pay them, and is often the creativity that solves your seemingly unsolvable problems.