Pastors: Why You Shouldn’t Be Like Joel Osteen

I met Joel Osteen many years ago when he asked me to direct a series of TV specials featuring his father, Pastor John Osteen. We became friends, and when his dad passed away and Joel became pastor of Lakewood Church, I once again helped him create the television program you see every week today featuring Joel’s messages. Since that time, I’ve had an enormous number of pastors ask me questions like:

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A 2,000 Year Old Strategy for Engaging Culture with the Christian Faith

The thing I love about reading is that you never know where you’ll find creative advice. I was reading recently about the Christian writer and theologian Tatian who was a Syrian who lived in the second century. He was born in Assyria (Mesopotamia), and as an adult he journeyed to Rome, where he first discovered Christianity. He was shocked at the pagan cults he witnessed throughout the city and as a result, began reflecting on religious issues. During his investigation, he read the Old Testament, and the more he read, the more he

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Do You Have the Creative Confidence to Risk it All on Your Ideas?

Everyone’s creative, but not many are willing to risk it all on their creativity. But when you reach that point, everything in your life begins to change. Suddenly you’re willing to make that scary pitch for the dream project, present your ideas to the client, and push your team to new levels. I’m reminded of the handwritten note General Dwight Eisenhower wrote before the famous 1944 D-Day invasion saying that if

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The Digital Secret: 0-1-2-3

I had an incredible opportunity a few years ago to speak to business leaders in Singapore at the Eagles Leadership Conference. After my keynote talk, I was able to partner with Lucas Chow, former CEO of the Singapore mobile phone company Singtel Mobile to lead a workshop on how the digital revolution has changed the way we live. During that session, he taught a principle from his days at Singtel that I’ve never forgotten:

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How to Become a Game Changer

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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Media Leaders: What’s the Most Important Skill You Bring to Your Job?

At this year’s “Produced By Conference” sponsored by The Producer’s Guild in Hollywood, there was a panel of media executives who discussed the future of our converging media world. During the Q&A with the audience, one producer asked each of them “What’s the most important skill you bring to the table as you lead your media company?” I thought their answers were worth thinking about and applying to our own work. I may have paraphrased a bit since it was a live event, but these comments captured their responses:

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