Are You Hauling Rocks or Building a Better World?


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 


Leading Creative People

Should I Micromanage?


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:


Presenters: When NOT To Use Powerpoint


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:


What I Learned From Jack Graham About Leadership


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: 


The Power of a Great Tagline


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:


How To Overcome The Five Greatest Fears


What are you afraid of? You may not be a wimp, but the truth is, everyone is afraid of something. And chances are, when you get to the root of your fear, you start discovering what’s holding you back. It doesn’t matter if you’re rich, poor, successful, unsuccessful, famous or not famous, fear is a problem for everyone. David Sanford has written that the five greatest fears of professional people are:


What Do You See That Others Don’t? It Could Be The Key to Your Future


It happened in 1950 at the El Zarape Tortilla Factory in Los Angeles. For the first time, tortilla production had been automated, and could churn out 12 times more tortillas than anyone could by hand. But the machine also had its drawbacks – many of the tortillas came out misshapen and distorted, and had to be thrown away. But a line worker named Rebecca Webb Carranza saw something in the rejects that fascinated her.