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. What if they're right?
  2. What's the problem behind the problem?
  3. Is there a short-term solution with long-term benefits?
  4. Everyone has a motivation. What's theirs?
  5. Is it a disagreement about the script or a miscommunication between me and them?
  6. Did I express this as clearly as possible?
  7. Am I expecting them to know the script as well as I do? Don't. That's my job.
  8. Are they seeing the big picture? Take them through the falling dominos.
  9. What can change? What can't?
  10. Am I standing up for myself or just being defensive?