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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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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Are You Hauling Rocks or Building a Better World?

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Years ago in Communist Russia, a visitor happened upon a group of workers with a sledgehammer clearing a field.  It was tough work, hauling huge rocks, shoveling, and moving stones by hand. But the visitor noticed they were all singing as they worked.  He asked one of the workers – “How can you sing while hauling rocks?”  Without hesitation the worker replied: “Oh, we’re not 

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Leading Creative People

Should I Micromanage?

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How difficult is it to lead creative people? Put it this way – it’s the #1 question I’m asked at conferences and leadership events. My friend Daryl Allen, a producer at Leading the Way Ministries in Atlanta, sent me this quote that puts it all in perspective. It’s from Ed Catmull, President of Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation, and author of the book “Creativity, Inc.”. Ed’s quote really explains the delicate balance of leading versus micromanaging:

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Presenters: When NOT To Use Powerpoint

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Today, Microsoft Powerpoint and Apple Keynote presentations have become so popular that every speaker suddenly feels like they need to use those tools in every workshop or conference. But having seen them abused so many times, it wouldn’t hurt to consider this list of why you should re-consider using slides in your next presentation:

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What I Learned From Jack Graham About Leadership

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Whenever I think of “leadership” I think of Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Church in Dallas, Texas. While I’ve had the incredible opportunity to work with Jack and his PowerPoint Media Ministry team for many years, when it comes to leadership, there’s one memory of Jack that I will never forget: 

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The Power of a Great Tagline

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I’m reading the book “131 Christians Everyone Should Know” by the editors of Christian History magazine. While reading about the life of William Carey I was reminded about the power of a creative tagline. Carey, who many consider the father of the missionary movement organized a missionary society in 1792 and launched an evangelistic meeting with the line:

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