Ideas Need Conviction

What are you convictions? An interesting article has emerged via CNN about the necessity of conviction in the creative process. Creativity without conviction rarely is successful. As a creative class, we are full of ideas and wonder. We love the challenge of creating. But, how much conviction do we feel about seeing our ideas come…

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Open

Be Open. Every Sunday, people are coming and looking for a connection. In order to make that connection, we have to be open. Open to differences. Open to people who don’t think like us. Open to people who don’t look like us. Open to people who don’t sound like us. Open to a great day….

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The Cost Of Loving Comfort

In his book “The Accidental Creative”, Todd Henry is quoted as saying: “The Love Of Comfort Is Frequently The Enemy Of Greatness.” I could not agree more. Comfort allows us to get lazy. When we are comfortable, it makes it very hard for us to find that hunger that once drove us. A major part…

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Rules Of Improv

Working in creative environments is a lot like doing improv. The best improv artists have the ability to adapt, morph and work the curves that are thrown at them everyday. In her book, Bossy Pants, Tina Fey talks about the 4 rules of improv. It is amazing how much these same rules apply to our…

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The Most Important Question We Can Ask

There is one question that we – as creative and communication teams – should be obsessed with: “WHY?” Why do we do what we do? Why have we always done things this way? Why have we not tried doing things different? Why not? Why? A simple four character question that changes everything. Why is challenging…

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Fear and the path to great art.

Photo Props: The most powerful weapon that will keep us from achieving all God has intended for us isĀ FEAR. Fear cripples our creative community. Fear is a monster who’s shadow is far bigger than her actual size. Fear speaks through the small voices that sound like thunder and prey on our past all the while…

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Go Beyond!

Most creative people are working in really high-pace environments that are not playgrounds for our best ideas. We have a creative capacity far beyond what we engage in every day – our potential. The irony is, our best and most inventive opportunities exist beyond what we are used to…beyond what we know…far beyond our status…

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Leadership…

President “Teddy” Roosevelt was a phenomenal leader who once said: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles…The credit belongs to the man in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who at his worst, if he…

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Its Not The Big Things

  Tim Corbin, head baseball coach at Vanderbilt University, understands how little wins can create momentum. Coach Corbin practices winning with his team so that, when they do win, they are not surprised. Coach Corbin is so committed to winning that he has his players practice winning the national anthem. Vanderbilt never leaves the field…

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Answering The Call To Creativity

Photo Props: The call to creativity is being heard loudly and around the world. There are few industries where the call is quieter than in the world of Churches. Everyone believes that being a little more creative could help to woo potential parishioners to give our church a chance. So when we are commissioned, as…

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5 Traits We Share With The Most Creative People

Do you know what you have in common with 1,000 of the most creative people in the world? Everything! Professor and author Hal Gregersen conducted a study on 7,000 people and identified 1,000 “star creatives” and 6,000 workers. Through the course of the study, the produced results supported the fact that with intentionality around five…

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Don’t Protect Your Ideas.

Photo Props It’s shocking how protective the creative class can get about an idea. So many creative people treat their ideas like it’s the last one they will ever have, or at least the last good one. We get so paranoid about our ideas that we hide them, guard them, and rarely let them ever…

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