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  • Entrepreneurs with side gigs – There’s no shame in having a day job

    For those of you reaching for the creative stars – who want to direct a feature film, write the great American novel, create the ultimate app or turn the world upside down – early in our career, that’s all we can think about. But before long the rising need to pay our bills comes screaming […]

  • Disasters Rarely Happen Because of One Big Mistake

    It’s “the impact of many wrong turns…” When problems happen, we often look back for one big mistake – one poor decision as the culprit.  But the truth is, most problems don’t happen because of a big mistake, more often it’s a trail of small ones.  A number of years ago, theatrical producer Peter Schneider, […]

  • What to Do When People Don’t Recognize Your Talent or Potential

    If your goal is to make an impact in your career or calling, it won’t be long before you meet someone who doesn’t recognize (or even dismisses) your talent. Early in my career, I worked for a man who thought so many of my ideas were stupid that he fired me. But after I left, […]

  • Ten Critical Keys For Designing a Creative Culture

    It’s no secret that culture is more important than vision. I’ve worked in creative, vibrant cultures where original thinking is valued, people listen to each other, and wonderful things happen. On the other hand I’ve worked at organizations where you could literally feel the oppression when you walked into the building. Those destructive cultures often […]

  • Jesus Didn’t Make “Christian” Furniture, He Made “Good” Furniture

    I’m constantly encouraging Christians to stop making such a clear boundary between the secular and sacred in all areas of life. For instance, when it comes to careers, too many Christians view themselves and their work as “Christian filmmaking,” “Christian writing,” “Christian leadership,” “Christian education,” etc. Certainly there are times when we’re producing a project […]

  • Be Careful of the “Failure Fad”

    There’s something happening out there that I’m starting to call a “failure fad.” Social media is being flooded with quotes about how great failing is, and how much it can teach us. Quotes like: “Failure is success if we learn from it” by Malcolm Forbes or “Don’t be afraid to fail. Don’t waste energy trying […]

  • 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 […]