Callbacks Don’t Count

Posted in Creativity, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on April 16, 2018 by RobALott

I once knew a guy who had what he thought were his most notable call-backs listed on his resume.

Friends, we don’t get credit for things we almost did.

(On our resume or in life.)

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Mountain Top Moments

Posted in Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership on April 9, 2018 by RobALott

The thing about mountain top moments:

Mountain top moments are great, but they’re fleeting. You can’t stay there long.

The view is amazing and certainly worth the climb! The sense of accomplishment is unparalleled.

But it’s cold. There’s only room for a few people up there, and it can get lonely really fast.

The best and most productive thing you can do in a mountain top moment: Enjoy the view, take it all in, accept the cheers and applause, but then plant your flag and begin to climb down in order to prepare for the next climb.

The Hand Raisers

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Thoughts on Leadership on April 2, 2018 by RobALott

It has absolutely been my experience that when someone raises their hand to do a thing, it’s most often because they believe they have the skills and the drive necessary to do the thing. The courage to raise their hand was simply the first step.

It’s true, no one is ever really and fully ready.

You weren’t!

But someone took a chance on you. (Wow, did they ever!)

What if, with all the influence you hold today, you were known for taking chances on people and giving them opportunities?

It’s true, they may not be ready. They may have some stumbles along the way. But this is where your guidance and leadership comes into play.

Someone, somewhere, someday will get to say, “I gave them a chance—I gave them their first shot.”

Why not you? Why not here? Why not today?

Pay attention to the hand raisers.

They’re more ready than you might think.

Supply & Demand

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership on March 26, 2018 by RobALott

The problem with the idea of “Supply & Demand” is that we think Supply comes first.

We create and create and create Supply without checking to see if there’s much or any Demand.

Create demand (Psst. That’s vision.)

Then get working on supply.

The Director’s Voice

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on March 19, 2018 by RobALott

We can get all the cheers, ovations, and applause an audience has to give, but it takes our director’s voice telling us we did a good job to know for sure that we did.

Introducing the Leading Creative Podcast

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Quotes, Rob Recommends, Thoughts on Leadership on March 12, 2018 by RobALott

I am thrilled to announce that I have begun hosting a brand new podcast!

The Leading Creative Podcast: Bridging the gap between Leadership and Creativity.

Click the link above to listen, subscribe, and share!

Let me know what you think!

Think Like A…

Posted in Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on March 5, 2018 by RobALott

Actors,

Think like an actor, you might do ok.

Think like an actor and a director, you’ll do well.

Think like an actor, a director, and a stage manager, you’ll do just fine.