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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Why You Should Read the Book “The Last TV Evangelist”

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It’s been out a few years now, but my book “The Last TV Evangelist: Why the Next Generation Couldn’t Care Less About Religious Media (And Why it Matters)” keeps popping up. Maybe it was prophetic, but it’s proving more and more accurate about the changes happening in our culture today. If you’ve ever wondered why so many Christian television programs and movies make you feel embarrassed, or why Christian media isn’t having more impact in the culture today, then

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Email Regrets: What You Have in Common with Hillary Clinton

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I don’t have to rehash the sad political saga going on right now with Hillary Clinton’s private email server and what her hacked emails have revealed. While that ongoing investigation is an important case for national security, another important take-away is what you have in common with Hillary:

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What Do You Do When Your Organization is Stuck?

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A business is in a nosedive with product sales.  A nonprofit’s donor income has dropped by half.  A church’s members continue to decline.  All around I’m seeing organizations struggling and dreaming about the past.  When that happens, what do you do?  Most panic.  But if you had a choice, which scenario below would you pick (or ARE you picking now?):

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