I'm not really a movie guy, but I have two that I love. One is the 2001 version of Ocean's Eleven. I'll keep the other one a secret for now.
It may seem a bit odd that a movie about robbing a casino prepared me for managing teams but it did.
Let me explain.
When Danny Ocean gathers his elite team he doesn't do it so that they can knock off a grocery store. He understands that talented people need to be given tasks worthy of their talents. When he presents his crazy plan to rob a casino (actually three casinos at once) he knows the goal is going to motivate them.
When I started managing people in the arts I knew that boredom was going to be a major enemy.
Yes, I said boredom.
I'll go one step further. I have worked with artists and administrators from all over the world and MANY of them are bored to tears.
The arts world can get very routine. Another fundraising campaign. Another show. Another exhibition. Another marketing campaign. Another Board meeting.
I quickly realized that if I wanted my team to be successful I would need to give them tasks that would "light them up" and make them lean forward in their proverbial chairs. I spend a lot of my time coming up with projects that will stretch all of us and then gathering the resources necessary to make those projects happen.
If I don't do that, then I assume my team is going to become disinterested.
What would happen if you looked at all the people around you and assumed that they were a little bored?
What projects or ambitions could you offer them that would excited them, or even scare them?
Whether you are robbing a casino or running a small dance company one thing remains true, you need talented people to do it.
What's also true is that talented people bore easily. That's your problem to deal with.
Note: If you want to improve your arts marketing I have a few seats left in my coaching program. The program closes on Friday and will not reopen for a quite a while. Details are here.