Sunday, April 10, 2016

How to Get What You Want From Other People Without Demanding It

When I talked to Miranda backstage at the Richard Rodgers Theater before a performance one evening, he described [Jeffrey] Seller as someone who knows very well what he wants but understands that he cannot demand it.

“He is incredibly smart creatively, but he’s never prescriptive,” he told me. “Jeffrey doesn’t pitch scenes. He doesn’t say, ‘Here’s where you need a moment for Madison to turn to Washington and say the following line.’ What he will say is, ‘What you’re doing now isn’t working, and it’s on you to fix it.’ If there are commercial interests involved, he’s very good at couching them creatively.”

The C.E.O. of Hamilton Inc.