I found this scrawled in a notebook. A list of ten things to remember that I wrote while waiting to go into a notes session with some studio executives and the director.
  1. 1.
    What if they're right?
  2. 2.
    What's the problem behind the problem?
  3. 3.
    Is there a short-term solution with long-term benefits?
  4. 4.
    Everyone has a motivation. What's theirs?
  5. 5.
    Is it a disagreement about the script or a miscommunication between me and them?
  6. 6.
    Did I express this as clearly as possible?
  7. 7.
    Am I expecting them to know the script as well as I do? Don't. That's my job.
  8. 8.
    Are they seeing the big picture? Take them through the falling dominos.
  9. 9.
    What can change? What can't?
  10. 10.
    Am I standing up for myself or just being defensive?