The Dance. The Need For Failure In Our Creativity

Photo Props Corporations/organizations are desperate for truly creative people to step forward and inspire innovation. Corporations and organizations are desperate for truly creative people to step forward and inspire innovation. The WSJ recently ran a post journaling the ways innovation is being embraced in corporate America. For all the creative space corporate America is yielding,…

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading

Creating Water Out Of Dust

One of the most amazing things about creativity is how when we are our most creative we get the chance to create something out of seemingly nothing. Creative people see potential where there seems to be nothing of value. That is what Charity Water does every day. And especially in September. Charity Water has a…

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading