The Socratic Method and Creative Leadership

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A number of years ago, a foundation invited my wife Kathleen and I to a private retreat at a resort in Montana to discuss the role of Christianity and the culture. There were about 12 people in the room who came from a wide variety of disciplines and backgrounds. The process they used was the Socratic Method, which was developed by the philosopher Socrates (470-399 B.C.). Realizing that a society of lazy thinkers wasn’t a good thing, he devised an

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Why Plan B Matters for Creative People

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Every parent, upon hearing that a son or daughter wants to become a filmmaker, writer, musician, dancer, or other artist, feels compelled to encourage them to have a “Plan B.” “Take a business minor.” “Get your real estate license.” “Marry a doctor.” We’ve heard it so often it’s become a joke for creative people. But the truth is,

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How You Should Leave a Legacy

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I’ve been involved in a great many organizations transitioning to next generation leadership, and the issue of “legacy” always comes up. How should the founder be remembered? When should the founder let go? The Billy Graham organization asked some of those questions when they designed their library and museum in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Many nonprofit and ministry organizations are making that transition right now, and when it comes to the hand-off, here are some thoughts:

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How to be a Break-Out Success on Religious TV

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OK – I’m actually going to be serious here. No jokes about bad hair, polyester suits, gold furniture, or prayer cloths. In an ocean of competition on a typical religious channel, how do you cut through the clutter and get the audience’s attention? Better yet, how do you get them to respond? I don’t have all the answers, and I’d love for you to respond, but here’s my two cents. And by the way,

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Children and the Power of Your Family Story

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If you’re a creative professional, I urge you to read Bobette Buster’s book “Do Story: How to Tell Your Story so the World Listens.” It’s a small book, but packed with important information about how to be a better storyteller and why it matters. One of the most interesting things Bobette points out is the importance of “story” for children. And she’s not just talking about the power of “stories” – but the importance of

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How To Deal With An Insecure Boss

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Early in my career, I had a string of insecure bosses.  Guys that would steal your ideas and take credit, criticize you in front of others, and do anything to make themselves look good.  So I learned survival techniques early on.  Perhaps that’s why 10 years ago this commentary by Jeanne Sahadi connected with me.  If you’re trapped in a situation with an insecure boss, this might help transform your outlook:

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