5 Things I Learned from the Bomb Squad Conference

I once had the incredible opportunity to speak into the lives of forty top Salvation Army leaders from the Eastern Territory of the United States. We talked about engaging culture in today’s digital age, developing great teams, and becoming more effective influencers. It was a terrific time. But during our sessions, we were next door to a law enforcement conference focused on men and women from bomb squads across the country. During the breaks, I had the chance to talk to a few, and learned some ideas that all of us could use in our own leadership:

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Creativity Matters to Donors

Why Content is Still King

I’ve always been amazed at the number of nonprofit organizations and Christian ministries who do remarkable work, but do such a poor job of telling their story.  I shouldn’t be surprised because after all, they’re experts at doing the work, not talking about it.  But more and more proof is coming in that donors are looking to be engaged with your content.  In fact, when you don’t tell your story well, you could be losing more than

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Producer DeVon Franklin and the Ability to Read a Room

My friend DeVon Franklin was the Senior Vice President of Columbia Tristar Pictures in Hollywood, and then launched his own movie production company.  If you haven’t read his book “Produced by Faith” then I highly recommend it. I recently asked him his opinion of the single most important skill it takes to reach the top in the entertainment and media industry. His answer?

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How Shallow Are Most of Your Decisions?

We’d like to think that when it comes to picking friends, electing political candidates, or major life choices, we’re pretty good at checking things out before making a decision. But Dan Ariely, writing in the Wall Street Journal, explodes that myth with recent research. In fact, it appears we rarely do little more than base our opinion on how someone looks:

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Professionals Know How To Be Creative on Schedule

One of the big reasons I admire athletes is that they have to perform. In front of stadiums filled with people, they have to be excellent on a schedule. To make that happen, they must  be in a regular program of stretching their abilities. Pushing farther. Going beyond. But for most of us, after high school or college, we actively avoid pushing ourselves. After that last final exam, we quietly vow we’ll never stretch quite that far again.  But you’ll never achieve your best without taking the risk of

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Five Keys To Shooting Better Videos and Short Films

I was shooting videos and short films back in the days of half-inch black and white, reel to reel recording. Since that time I’ve written, directed, and produced at least a thousand for a long list of projects and clients. During that time I’ve learned a few things about producing videos that connect with audiences and inspire them to action. Here’s five key secrets:

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It’s Time to Decide: Are You An Amateur Or Professional?

At some point in our careers we need to decide how serious we are about the pursuit. As the old saying goes: “The thinking that got you into this mess isn’t the thinking you need to get out.”  All of us start as beginners or amateurs – and there’s no shame in that. But at some point, some decide that the pursuit is worth the self discipline it takes to reach the next level, while others decide to stay where they are. I could use a million examples – maybe you’re

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New Media’s New Passion for Old Television

Just when most critics of TV were convinced online platforms had nailed the TV coffin shut, a resurrection of sorts is happening. And of all places, that TV resurrection is happening because of the online platforms we thought would would kill it. This year alone, online companies like Vice Media, BuzzFeed, Huffington Post and others are moving into new territory:

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