I Failed Massively And It Was Good!

About 6 weeks ago I was having a conversation with the team I work on at Cross Point. We were grinding and developing plans for upcoming series and artwork. During our talk we discovered that we had slipped into the habit of playing it safe so I challenged all of us that between now and the…

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What Is Talent Worth?

Talent is potential that has not yet been developed. Talent alone is not all that special. Everyone has some. The question is what are we going to do with it? When we take talent, allow it to be developed, then add passion & hustle, we distance ourselves from the masses. Talent is raw. For it…

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Why We Have Show & Tell In Our Meetings

I kept hearing a very sad, funny, and scary conversation happening in the halls and in meetings. “I wish I could prioritize being creative.” “I don’t have time to invest in my own creativity.” “If only we could prioritize being creative.” Basically, we had become so busy as a team creating that we stopped being…

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I have an idea…now what?

In 1939 James Webb Young, an advertising executive created the “Technique for Producing Ideas.” While this list may be older than anyone reading this blog, the concepts are not only still relevant…they actually work. Every week in our churches we are trying to come up with ideas. Every creative team has felt the tension of…

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100 Verses One Heart.

I love when artists care enough about their art to be brave and share it with the world. It takes courage. A few weeks ago I got an email from Natalie and she wanted to share some of her art. Not only does she want to share her art, she wants to make sure the…

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Where are your ideas?

Photo Props: You have the permission to be creative.  The truth is that it is probably more of a responsibility than it is permission. I know that I have to get up and remind myself of this from time to time. Creative work is work that will at times leave you feeling a little empty….

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Don’t Lose Equity! 10 traps that cost the creative class

Equity in an organization is so important. Creative teams can create all day long but if the rest of the organization does not trust them it does not matter. Further, when equity erodes, it creates a barrier between creators and the products they are creating. Without a distribution source creative ideas and products become creations…

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Your Art Your Choice

Being an artist or creative person can be SO frustrating. We’re asked to create things that matter, connect, and are cool – but not too cool. We live our lives in the open and we have the things we make critiqued and picked apart. All of this supposedly making us better. If we artists would…

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