On the Road: Lessons Learned

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Fresh out of graduate school, newly relocated to New York City and after many months of knocking on doors, I got my first big break as the assistant stage manager for the touring production of the hit Broadway show “Grease”. I joined the show, which had already been on the road for a year, in San Francisco for the continuation of the tour across the USA and Canada. I was the new person who had been hired by the producers and creative team back in New York and didn’t know anyone working on the touring production. I met the cast…

Big Breaks Don’t Just Happen

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In a previous post, Focus Your Early Career Decisions Toward Future Goals, I talked about career decisions that led me to New York City to pursue a career working on Broadway. My wife and I rented a small apartment on the West Side of Manhattan and I followed up with, Larry Forde, the director from North Shore Music Theater, who suggested I meet with Eddie Davis, a Broadway producer and general manager. I took Larry’s advice and called to make an appointment with Mr. Davis. The response from his assistant was, “Mr. Davis is very busy. Call back next week.”…

A Time For Giving

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In the spirit of the season my thoughts often turn to meaningful ways to show appreciation and support for people and organizations that provide positive life changing opportunities for others. We each in our own way have been touched or experienced situations that have had a significant impact on us and people we are close to. I imagine we all have our own significant interests that we support. As I think of those groups that are important to me and ways that I can contribute, I generally land on organizations that have special meaning for me. If you have interest…

Focus Your Early Career Decisions Toward Future Goals

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Lessons learned “Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” —Robert Frost Following the summer job at North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT) I attended graduate school at the University of Connecticut. I had decided that UConn would get me closer to NYC and present opportunities to make connections with people in the commercial theater business. Since I didn’t have many contacts, I felt that location would be helpful and give me a chance to start building a network. I wanted to work in the entertainment…

How a BIG MISTAKE Turned Into a Career Opportunity

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In a recent meeting with a colleague we talked about how experiences shape careers. My colleague knew that I had worked on several successful Broadway productions during the early years of my career, then had run a marketing agency and eventually launched a successful executive coaching practice. She wanted to know how those experiences contributed to what I do today. It all started with my first professional opportunity in the theater and the beginning of what would be a launching pad for a successful career. What I didn’t know was that my first job was the result of an oversight…

Congratulations! You’ve been promoted. Now, Listen up!

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You’ve been given your ticket to the big show. YOU are in the driver’s seat. You’re full of ideas and motivated to get started. Before you jump in with all those great changes you can’t wait to implement, take a deep breath and tune-in. What your new team needs from you now more than anything is to be heard. It takes time to build trust. Invest your time to ask good questions, listen then listen more, build credibility and work with your team to align and execute the vision together.~ Mike The Biggest Communication Mistake New Leaders Make They say…