Last Sunday the 87th Academy Awards shindig, for the bestowing of 24 Oscars®, was broadcast by ABC. I did not watch the entire show and so I guess that contributed to the stat that this was the least watched since 2009 … maybe because there are fewer box office successes (even fewer without animation) and dominant actors that attract audiences. Perhaps the phenomenon is similar to the viewership of sports contest without big stars … e.g., a golf tournament without Tiger Woods.
OK, back to business. I heard a recording of John Maxwell telling a Hollywood story to Darren Hardy, publisher of Success Magazine on a CD insert in each monthly issue. Maxwell, a former pastor, “preaches” leadership and my favorite quote of his is “people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”. Here’s the story: John had been asked to consult on a movie. When completed, naturally, John and his wife were invited to attend the premiere attended by everyone who played a part or supporting role. When The End came up on the screen at the conclusion of the film, John stood up to leave. Immediately, he felt a tug on his coat sleeve and his wife whispered “John, sit down nobody is leaving! They’re all waiting for the credits to roll”!
Just let that soak in for a minute. Think about those in the audience that night who were in a supporting role, like carpenters or grips [ DNKT: Wikipedia poses that the label grip may have come from the days of hand-cranked cameras where grips steadied tripods ]? The Maxwell story keys a human emotion that provides clues about how we should “roll the credits” at work. Here are my “Do’s and Don’ts”:
- Do: consider ways to applaud your supporting cast (your “grips”)
- Do: make your own “Oscar®” design(s) … Custom artistry will be prized (can’t be purchased and no one else will have one)
- Do: plan your own “Academy Awards” events with your CEO is host ( celebrities not needed )
- Don’t: award only the “best” (what does that make everyone else?)
- Don’t: honor only P&L related activities; consider praising human qualities (innovation, loyalty, etc.)
To me, the art of inspiration involves how you creatively and memorably let people “sign” their work. Get a grip … roll the credits!