Tales from the city: Getting honest about terrible ideas
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The Power Playbook's Rose Herceg reports from whichever city she finds herself in about the stories she sees in boardrooms, business lunches and dinners across Australia (and sometimes the world).
Time: Thursday lunchtime
Players in the room: TV executives and TV producers
The scene: A creative workshop with both management and talent. The objective? Get some fresh TV show concepts on the table.
None of the talent wants to rock the boat. No one wants to take a chance in front of management. Which means every idea is watered-down, derivative and unimaginative: in short unbelievably dull.
Management isn't saying very much at all and the most junior (female) producer in the room wants to scream from sheer frustration. The ideas get worse and the energy in the room is non-existent.
The most senior manager (male) asks the most junior producer (female) what she thinks of the ideas so far and she says 'some have real promise': in fact, all of them suck.
Power play do-over? (If this female producer could turn back the clock and have that moment again)
"Is it just me or are none of these ideas particularly good? I think we need to take a fresh approach and for sure we need better ideas. Even if we have to bring new people into the room."
Gutsy, honest and calling the whole room on bad ideas. It also makes the female producer accountable, energetic and more interested in good ideas than in keeping the status quo: Very powerful too.
Next week we listen in how women in a room react to a sexist joke...