Live Love Lead: An Interview with Brian Houston


Now that my friend Brian Houston’s new book “Live Love Lead” is out and being read by plenty of leaders, I thought it was time to ask him some questions. As founding Pastor of Hillsong Church, with locations in at least 15 major cities around the world, his leadership principles have impacted thousands of pastors and ministry leaders. Plus, “Hillsong Music” is the most popular worship label worldwide, and the feature length motion picture “Let Hope Rise” – about their band “Hillsong United” – is in the works. So we had a lot to talk about:

A Top Real Estate Expert Shares 5 Ways Churches Can Be More Effective With Direct Mail

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I recently had lunch with my friend Rodney Johnson, who’s a top real estate agent in Los Angeles, specializing in multi-million dollar homes. As the broker/co-owner of a large real estate firm in the uber-competitive LA residential market, he’s learned over 28+ years how to find clients using virtually every legitimate means possible. That includes door knocking, cold calling, door hangers, and direct mail. For the last four years, he’s gained listings in multi-million dollar communities through unique direct mail pieces.  Plus, his church – Freedom Church — was doing the same thing to grow their congregation. So I asked him to give us his secrets for making an impact with local direct mail. Here’s what he said:

The 7 Most Common Ways Pastors Shoot Themselves in the Foot


I love pastors. I work with them regularly and have the greatest admiration for what they do.  But when it comes to outside criticism, bad PR, or being attacked in the media, a significant number of instances are caused by pastors themselves – and I’ve discovered a number of common threads those pastors share. Nothing here is a theological or doctrinal issue, but they’re all red flags when it comes to outside media’s perceptions. And in today’s instant message, social media world, those perceptions matter. You may not care today, but I can name you many pastors and leaders down the ministry road who wished they had. Here’s the most common ways pastors and ministry leaders shoot themselves in the foot:

What Should Companies Or Nonprofits Do After a Spokesperson’s Arrest?


What do you do after your national spokesperson (or CEO or pastor) has been arrested? (Worse – for being a pedophile.)  That’s what Subway’s leadership is asking this week after the news that Jared Fogle, the former Subway spokesman, plead guilty to possession of child pornography. The federal charges state that he repeatedly paid to engage in sexually explicit acts with children and that he received and distributed child pornography. The documents also say that Fogle, 37, used Web sites for commercial sex and traveled extensively to engage in sexual acts with minors from 2007 until June 2015. So the question becomes

Has Curating Replaced Creating?


Today’s post is from branding expert Krysta Masciale, co-founder of Big Deal Branding here in Los Angeles. We were talking recently and she brought up a great point – has the work of “creators” been usurped by “curators” who are organizing other people’s creative work?   While the role of a curator is important, is the growing popularity of curation changing how we look at creativity and its importance? Read her post and let me know what you think:

How To Answer Tough – Even Angry – Questions About Your Faith


More and more people like the “New Atheists” are not only dismissive of religious faith, but they’re angry about it, to the point of declaring that belief in a Supreme being must be a sign of mental illness. In that increasingly hostile atmosphere, it’s becoming more and more challenging to respond when asked about our faith. David French, writing in the National Review, said recently:

Prudence: The Forgotten Word in Leadership

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There are a lot of books on leadership from a variety of perspectives. But none that I know of on the subject of “prudence.” In our culture today, prudence has become an uptight, unfashionable word. In fact, in our sex-obsessed society, the idea of “prudent” is the last thing anyone wants to be. But let’s look at the definition:

Five Leadership Lessons from Virtual Reality


Palmer Luckey is the 22 year old founder of “Oculus VR,” clearly the leader in virtual reality technology, especially since recently selling his company to Facebook for more than $2 billion. A story about his work in Saturday’s Wall Street Journal called “Palmer Luckey: Making Virtual Reality a Reality” was insightful, and 5 things stood out for me that helped position him for such remarkable success:

How To Get Noticed On The Job

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I heard an employee described recently as a person who “simply passes everything on.” They meant he was someone who never takes responsibility, never deals with the issue, and never fixes the problem. They simply pass it on to someone else. How many people do you know who do exactly that?  Today’s lesson:

Creativity: Learning To Forget How Things Work


This is our granddaughter Kennady.  I spend a lot of time watching her, and obviously, since she’s only a year old, she hasn’t had much time to learn how things work. As a result, the first few times I gave her a book, she had no idea what “reading” was, so she walked on it, set it up like an A-frame house, or used it for a plate. It’s been that way with everything. Since she doesn’t yet know the way things are “supposed” to be used, she just makes it up, and has come up with some pretty remarkable uses for things like