The News Media and America’s Polarization

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Many are saying the recent election was the most polarizing in American history. While it can be argued that numerous elections throughout the history of our country have been remarkably nasty, there’s one element today that will make it more difficult than ever (maybe impossible) to unify this country:

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Culture Watch: Reality is Increasingly Being Confused with Fiction

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We live in such a media-driven culture, that it’s growing more and more difficult to distinguish real life from our favorite characters in books, movies, and television programs. There’s growing evidence that younger viewers in particular have difficulty understanding the difference. A good example is a recent psychological study by Andrew Butler where

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Do You Need a Social Media Manifesto?

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Social media has revolutionized our world by giving individuals the potential to become weapons of mass influence. It’s been said that a housewife in Tulsa can bring down a major corporation just from the momentum of social media. But with all weapons they can be used for good or evil. They can protect or they can destroy. With this great power comes a great responsibility and a desperate need for standards. That’s why Jeremy Burton wrote

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Conflict: Great for Storytelling but Bad for Teams

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I once consulted with an organization who’s founder was absolutely obsessed with removing conflict and strife from his team. He understood how it could undermine even the best organizations so he had zero tolerance for internal criticism, back-stabbing, or other expressions of conflict among employees. Since that time, I started

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The Election’s Over. How Should Christians Respond?

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Few times in American history has there been so much turmoil, rancor, and potential corruption in a presidential election. Confidence in both candidates has been at an all time low, and for the first time, one of the candidates has actually been under a federal investigation.  But now the election is over. You may or may not like our new president, but the question becomes:

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Clutter is Killing Your Creativity

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I’ve written many times on this blog about the danger of “clutter.”  Clutter comes in all forms – from the media voices screaming for our attention, to the messy desk in front of us (where was that file again?) to the million other options that keep us from pursuing our creative calling.  We don’t have to be minimalists – I love being surrounded by my favorite things – but far too often we let piles of paper, stacks of books, or other “stuff” become

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How to Become a Game Changer

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When I think of “Game Changers” I always think of Michael Jordan.  It comes from two things:  First, when there was time for only one shot that had to be made, his teammates knew to get the ball to Michael.  And second, in that same situation, Michael WANTED the ball.  He had the confidence to make the shot.  MIchael was unique because even in the middle of a game, he could shift the momentum simply by his attitude, his skill, and his leadership.  The question is:

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How To Find Your Social Media Voice

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Finding your authentic voice in social media isn’t that different from traditional media. I had a client once who was a TV host. The problem was, as soon as the red light came on the camera, he became a completely different person. His voice got deeper. His style became bigger. He was more over the top. The problem was – that wasn’t him. Even his friends would tell him, “Stop using your TV voice.” But many of us do the same thing on social media. We try to

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