Battling Uncertainty, Fear, and Fighting for our Best Ideas

Photo Props: Creativity is becoming more valued in our world today. Ironically, studies show that creative ideas are actually less embraced than ever before. The reason? The level of uncertainty that those really good creative ideas create. A 2010 study conducted by Cornell professor Jack Goncalo shows that most management teams resist the most creative…

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Becoming A Creative Leader

Photo Props Creativity is a battle. It’s fighting for great and refusing to settle for good. It’s being willing to fight and do hard work to develop something new, better, different, unique, awesome. It is an honor to get to lead creative teams into battle every day. From time to time, though, we have to…

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Audacious Faith For Your Creative Dreams

Ben is an inspiration. He takes giant leaps of faith that require audacious faith. When I asked him a few months ago in NYC what he was dreaming up next he started to unpack this amazing and massive idea. Today I get to share a piece of it with you. He and the rest of…

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Now…Wait

Sundays are whiplash. There are emotions everywhere on a Sunday because we are passionate about creating great experiences for people to engage our Creator. Most of us get the privledge of working with volunteer teams in order to create these environments. Since we are responsible for creating great and creative church services it is our…

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Adjust or be Adjusted

A very important lesson that I have learned in life is this: Adjust or be adjusted. As creative people, we need to be intentional with our ability to adjust. We should daily be ready to adjust to markets, timelines, circumstances, personalities, opportunities, risks, or even successes. As creative teams, we develop solutions. When we stay…

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Necessary Creative Personalities

photo props The best creative concepts are birthed out of the idea that we may not know the answer, but we are willing to try and figure it out. Finding solutions and making the complex simple is key to great creative teams. One of the biggest creativity killers is an ego. When creative people start…

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Think Like A Kid

Every year around this time, I start to get excited about the STORY conference. This is the conference for the creative class. I love the approach Ben takes to create this experience and the inspiration that is shared by attending. The theme for STORY 2011 is IMAGINE NATION, which speaks to the power of spiritual…

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Talent & Skill

“Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There’s plenty of movement, but you never know if it’s going to be forward, backwards, or sideways.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr. There is a big difference between talent and skill. Anyone can develop a skill, but not everyone is blessed with talent. Often we…

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I root for disaster

Photo Props I root for disaster. Disaster happens when things fall apart, get destroyed, and fail miserably – all things we are usually afraid to embrace. The truth is, however, if we are going to have magnificent successes, we have to be willing to risk disastrous failures. Choosing to avoid disaster forces us to live…

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Creating A Dream Team

Photo Props Some people work best when they’re alone. But, even the loners need a sounding board from time to time. The more time we spend with teams, the more we realize that great art gets better when the right team is built. When we couple a great team with talent, vision, and hustle, there…

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Evaluation.

The hustle of church is intense. There is always something to be created for someone – videos, stickers, brochures, marketing plans, announcements, songs, set lists. It can be tiring just writing all these things out. In the middle of all of the chaos, there’s something we should always remember to do in order to make…

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Breaking Down

Working out and developing muscles takes hard work, pain and often hurts miserably. The same is true for our creative muscles. Creativity is a muscle that the more we use, the better it gets. But, much like pizza for breakfast before hitting the gym, there are some things that we need to find ways of…

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