Why Creativity Doesn’t Happen by Committee
I’ve written before that “brainstorming” simply doesn’t work. If you want to get together with friends and kick around a few ideas, ask for their advice, or discuss possibilities, great. But don’t think for a minute that a group will come up with the innovative, breakthrough idea. I love bring around creative people. I […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]