• Do you need to be nice to be a leader?

    This may be a generational thing, but there’s been a growing idea lately that leaders have to be “nice.”  The idea is that to be effective, they have to be friendly with their team, create an atmosphere where people aren’t upset, and generally be, well, nice. But looking back over my career, the greatest leaders […]

  • What’s Your Best Time To Create?

    Science tells us that we’re driven by cycles, which I believe impacts our creativity. Although we can force ourselves to do almost anything, I think we do our best work at specific times of the day. For me, it’s morning. From about 6am to noon I do my best writing. After that I can do […]

  • How to Deal With Tough Clients While Building Your Brand

    I receive a lot of questions from freelancers or other creative people launching agencies, production companies, and other businesses. One of the most popular questions is “How should I deal with really tough or difficult clients?“ I was speaking with Jenny Holt recently who’s been a freelance writer for more than a decade and dealt […]

  • Maximize Your Impact by Training Your Team

    Here’s a situation at churches and ministries I encounter from time to time: A leader with great gifts plants a church or launches a ministry. At the start there’s no money, so he or she hires friends, relatives, church members, or eager volunteers – all with very little or no experience.  But the church or […]

  • The Secret to Building Great Teams

    1.  We don’t understand what teams are for: Leaders make decisions.  Teams execute decisions. Simple as that. Stop delegating decision making to your team. That’s your job. In military terms, a team can decide how to take the hill, but it takes a leader to decide which hill to take. 2.  Stop valuing everyone equally: […]

  • Why a Crisis is not the Time to Forget Creativity

    During a crisis, it’s very easy to ditch our creative time. After all, there’s so much uncertainty around us that it’s hard to even think straight, much less be creative. For the last few weeks, I’ve been burning the candle at both ends – writing and producing resources to help pastors and ministry leaders navigate […]

  • Why your future is in your hands and no-one else’s

    I worry that we live in a culture today where growing numbers of people look outside themselves for success. And when they fail, it’s always someone else’s fault. But the government, your parents, your education, and your job aren’t the key to your success – you are. Whenever I feel my dreams losing steam, I […]

  • Where’s the Place That Inspires You?

    Now that it’s summer, it’s good to remember that for most people, geography impacts inspiration. There are extraordinary places on the planet that spark our imaginations and light up our creativity. The problem is, most people never think about “location” when it comes to creativity. Trust me – high performing creative people know the places […]

  • How You Can Change Your Career After 50

    There’s no question that changing careers after 50 can be a terrifying prospect. Things like a changing economy, advancing technology, more (and younger) competition – all can easily keep someone stuck in a dead-end job rather than taking a risk on the career of their dreams. But in my book, “One Big Thing: Discovering What […]

  • Don’t Be Afraid to Say, “I Don’t Know”

    Way too often in modern business, competition makes us feel that we can’t ask for help. We think it will show weakness, and as a result, we lie. We try to make everyone think we can handle everything, when the truth is, we have lots of questions. Here’s my take: Insecure people are terrified that […]

  • Here’s how to overcome the 5 greatest fears

    What are you afraid of? You may not be a wimp, but the truth is, everyone is afraid of something. And chances are, when you get to the root of your fear, you start discovering what’s holding you back. It doesn’t matter if you’re rich, poor, successful, unsuccessful, famous or not famous, fear is a […]

  • Want Better Ideas? Write Them Down.

    How many times has a brilliant thought struck, but before you could make a note you lost it? Ideas are the most fragile things in the world, and if you don’t write them down, they’ll be lost forever. I’ve met people who have literally made millions of dollars off ideas that—had they not written them […]