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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FedEx Days

Have you ever noticed that our best creative work often is inspired when we break our normal patterns or routines? In his book DRIVE, Danile Pink explains a new program that a lot of organizations have started to adopt. This program – called Fed-Ex Days – and its concept were developed by the team that…

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4 Pains Of Creativity

photo props Innovation & Creativity can be very painful processes. If there was not a pain or a cost to being creative, everyone would do it…so, the cost has to be substantial enough to find those who are committed to excelling at their daily art. Max McKeown is an author and innovator. In his new…

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The Game Of Comparison

The scariest game a creative person can play is the game of comparisons. It’s especially scary on Sundays. We work hard to prepare for Sunday. We put in a lot of hours to create our best work. Then, thanks to twitter, FB, Instagram or whatever social stream we are rocking, we sit back and have…

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Making Imagination Turn Into Creativity

photo props It has been said that the difference between creativity and imagination is action. Action is more than talking about our creativity or idea. Action is putting our creativity into motion. We have to build solid habits that help us move our creative ideas from the imaginary to the activated. What are some of…

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