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A Story About Churchill, The Play

winston-churchillThe other night Dr. Patty Ann joined me in attending a behind the scenes talk about Churchill, The Play. Ronald Keaton the performer who becomes Churchill and who wrote the play discussed his fascination with Winston Churchill, how this all came about and his personal story. Woven in between the talk, Ronald Keaton performed a few tantalizing tidbits for our small group in order to entice us to run and purchase tickets to see his show.

Churchill, The Play is currently playing at New World Stages, 340 W. 50th St. NY, NY 10019.

We enjoy going into New York City to see shows on Broadway. In recent years a few shows we have seen are Jersey Boys, Book of Mormon and Beautiful. Each show was a unique experience and full of entertainment. The concept of almost two hours of one person performing as Winston Churchill was not something typically high on my list. After witnessing Ronald Keaton go into the role and share a few brief segments my interest level was raised.

The amount of research which Keaton conducted was amazing. He described the volumes of books and records he read through and various clips and recordings he was able to review. He was without a doubt deep into his mission of learning about Winston Churchill. One story he shared with our group was when he performed the show one evening. In the audience was a Granddaughter of Winston Churchill. A half hour prior to the start a staff member told him she would be in the audience. From the stage he knew immediately who she was as she sat right in the center fairly close up to the stage and had fire truck red hair on her head. After the show she went up to greet Keaton and exchange a few words. For his role Keaton wears a Blue Pinstripe Suit and a Blue Tie.

She said right to Keaton: “You know one thing about Grandpa, that suit you wear, he would not have liked that suit too much. Grandpa hated the color blue – hated the color blue. In fact he did not own one stitch of blue clothing.”

For our group this began a discussion thread about the type of points people bring up to him after each performance. From my perspective what struck me was how is it possible with all of the years of reading and research, speaking with people, viewing film and more, that not once was Keaton able to discern that Winston Churchill despised the color blue?

Which brings me to a few points – when you ask an easy question should you ask the other question? What is your favorite color? A common question young children ask each other. We may see this on a survey. What color do you not like at all? Do you ever hear this question? Wonder why not? If my business was built around selling clothing this would be good information. How about putting together a website or marketing materials?

The other point, is do we sometimes get so caught up in the agenda we find ourselves deep into what we are doing that we miss the most basic pieces of information which are right in front of us?

Mitch Tublin is a business consultant, advanced certified personal and executive coach who resides in Stamford, CT.

If you find yourself caught up in your agenda, fighting fires every single day and you are concerned you might be missing the exact opportunities you are looking for, contact Mitch for an appointment.

Rolling On A Highway

car-trafficThe majority of us drive on an interstate or some type of highway a few times a week or more. On a three lane highway, ever notice the impact of someone who is driving a car in the center lane, yet, at a reduced speed of ten to fifteen MPH less than the speed limit which may have them clocked at twenty to twenty five MPH less than the majority of traffic? The impact is almost always an accident waiting to happen. The left lane is constantly flowing past this car in a steady stream of vehicles. The right lane has cars lining up to pass as well only slightly less organized and flowing than the left lane.

Meanwhile the three, four or five cars directly behind the center lane driver are feeling stuck as they came upon this unexpectedly and now feel trapped not able to readily get into the left lane to pass or the right lane to sneak by as well.

All of this is an accident waiting to happen and what makes matters worse is the driver in the center lane taking their time and driving along has absolutely no idea! They have no clue or awareness of the havoc they wreak out on the road behind them.

If the picture is not clear from the example of the driver, consider the crew team rowing in their shell. In a practice session or in a race each stroke must be in synch with everyone else’s stroke. The style and execution of the stroke must be the same. Any disruption to this timed team effort will cost them time and knock speed off their progress.

In many ways this is what happens to a team when there is one person who is not pulling their weight or not choosing to fit in with the team. They begin to become a burden to everyone else on the team. The team may need to sidestep around them and their assigned tasks or roles on a project in order to complete their assigned goals.

Depending upon the severity and the cost to the team and the business, these individuals must be dealt with. There is a possibility working regularly with an Executive Coach may create the change necessary to salvage a team mate. It is a disservice to the rest of the members of the team and to the offending person not to address the issue.

This is a fact which transcends the size of an organization.

The truth as stated by John C. Maxwell: “Team Work, Makes The Dream Work”.

Mitch Tublin is a business consultant and an advanced certified executive and personal coach who resides in Stamford, CT.

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