Several years ago a group of brilliant Canadian actors and writers created a series called SLINGS AND ARROWS. This is a love sonnet, a valentine to the theater, to Shakespeare and to the creative spirit. I recommend you immediately find it on Netflix or wherever you can and spend several hours watching….and laughing and crying and enjoying.
Loosely modeled after the Stratford, Ontario Festival, this is a chronicle of a theater company. We follow actors and directors and the exploits of the managing director learning to accommodate and satisfy a changing market to attract and entertain audiences.
As actors, every aspect of these productions is both illuminating and inspiring. As attorneys, I recommend you focus on what it means to be and to have a leader.
There is a delicate balance when leading a team between control/giving direction and allowing/encouraging each person to contribute and perform at their optimum level. When leading a trial team, I’m sure you’ve found yourself frustrated, encouraged, made glad and made mad by the abilities and challenges of your team. However, it is essential to provide leadership.
TIP: Provide a clear vision and plan for your trial team. Then allow each team member full ownership of the plan to contribute at their maximum capability.