Posts Tagged 'almost live'

Leading Change: The Missing Step

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[Tweet ” Leading a team through change can be difficult, rewarding, messy, profitable, and frustrating.”]Leading a team through change can be difficult, rewarding, messy, profitable, frustrating, and fruitful. But no matter what the experience, it will all be for naught if the leader misses one crucial step of the process—a step that, unfortunately, most leaders do miss.

Sadly, I speak from experience. During my fifteen years as the Executive Producer of Seattle’s sketch comedy TV show Almost Live!, I led my ...

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Stop Treating Your Stars Like Crap!

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I’ll always remember the first time I met Jay Leno. It was around 1986, and I was the executive producer of Seattle’s legendary comedy TV show Almost Live! Jay was coming into town for some corporate event, and he had agreed to do a guest spot on our show. We’d arranged to pick Jay up at the airport, so at the appointed time I, along with our show host Ross Shafer (who already knew Jay), and a pre-“Science Guy” Bill ...

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Why Team Infighting is a Good Thing

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The audience never saw the fights, but I remember them vividly. As the producer of Seattle’s long-running (15 years!), legendary comedy TV show, Almost Live!, I saw the fights almost every week. They would happen in the editing room, at the writer’s table, in the rehearsal studio. Sometimes they’d be happening downstairs in the Almost Live! offices while the studio audience was being seated in the studio upstairs. They varied from mild to intense—and I loved them! As a leader, ...

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