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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The Power of Public Relations

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A lot of pastors and ministry leaders ask me about Public Relations – does a church, ministry, or non-profit need it? They’re also concerned about getting positive news coverage, or eventually landing a big platform like CNN, Fox News, or The Today Show.  Back in 2006, the New York Times did an in-depth story on A. Larry Ross – who’s handled public relations for major ministries all the way back to Billy Graham. If you’re a ministry leader and have questions about the value of positive public relations, it’s worth a read…

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Christian Leaders Continue to Lose Influence In The Culture

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When it comes to Christian leaders, in my own lifetime, I’ve seen a staggering loss of influence. My father was a pastor, and back in the 50’s and 60’s it seemed like everyone in Charlotte, North Carolina respected my dad. Even people who would never darken the door of a church would come to him for advice – particular when it came to major life decisions. But today, not so much. We’ve all seen it creep down, but Pew Research just released new data that indicates only

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The Secrets of Original Thinkers

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How do original thinkers think?  That’s a big question.  Adam Grant has done some fascinating research into the habits of original thinkers and recently shared his results at a TED Talk.  If you’re a creative, or know someone who is, please share this video presentation.  Every creative person in America needs to see it:

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Why Leaders Are Often The Last To Know

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When I consult with churches, ministries, or nonprofits, I’m often surprised – even shocked – how often the leader is the last to know what’s going on in the organization. Theoretically, vision trickles down from the top, but in reality, a great deal comes from the bottom up, and when that happens, a leader who isn’t in touch with the team, becomes the least influential person in the organization.  I recently read a quote from the late Andy Grove, former CEO of computer microchip maker Intel. He mentioned his surprising encounter with another company and the fact that the president of that company was the last to know about an important issue:

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Why Older Leaders Fight Change

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Fascinating new research provides more insight into why efforts at changing organizations usually meets with resistance from older leaders and employees. Up to now, most have attributed the resistance to the fact that older employees have invested in past ideas and aren’t interested in new ones. But the Wall Street Journal reports a new finding was discovered in an effort to track the progress of children who grow up too fast. Here’s what they found:

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