April 12, 2017

The carrot and the stick are for donkeys

A lot of people ask whether it is better to lead with a carrot or a stick.  Well, Mu.  The carrot and the stick are great for leading a jackass, but a person with direction will benefit from knowing where they’re going.

We can sometimes get people to do what we want if we offer enough money, and most of us have had to take a at least one job just because we “needed” the money.  But, unless you’re in sales or banking, you’ve probably been at least partially motivated by something other than money when you chose your profession.  And, even if you work for a hedge fund, you probably can’t do your job if you’re constantly thinking about the financial rewards.

The way to lead people, the simplest way, is through telling them your destination.  We call this the power of Ptara.

  • Prepare
  • Train
  • Assemble
  • Relate
  • Act
First comes preparation.  For a film, this can include script writing, storyboarding, and our pre-production services.
Then, training.  We had to learn new stunts and dance moves during pre-production of some of our films.  An army might need to know how to use new weapons, a builder new tools, a computer programmer or translator may have to expand their vocabulary.
Of course, you can train for a profession before knowing what you’ll do with that training.  Many leaders choose to recruit pre-trained individuals.  Still, you can’t always assume that every graduate of the same academy knows everything that was taught there.  It makes sense to know your training needs ahead of time, so that you’re not disappointed when you find out your crew don’t have the skills you expect.
While you’re training, or sometimes before, you assemble what you need.  This could be your team, your tools (from recording equipment to props), your location, and all the other essential things leaders sometimes take for granted but that we don’t always have to hand.  If you’re prepared, you’ll know what these things are and it will all go smoother.
After assembling, you relate your plans to all those involved.  You explain what needs to be explained.  This is where it helps to have a destination.  Other people want to help you make a film, they want to know where you’re going, they don’t want to be led like donkeys with a carrot or punished with sticks.
Once you have the plans in place, and everyone knows where you’re going, you can all act on those plans together, in harmony.

Whether you’re the conductor of a symphony, a director of a film production, a producer who leads the director and administrators, a studio head, or even down to a runner, it helps you act if the initial plans are in place.  Sure, you may need to Adapt, but it’s easier to adapt a plan that exists than one that doesn’t.  It’s easier to take advantage of a new opportunity when all the little details are taken care of.

When you need to PTARA, give Ptara a call.