It’s Time to Stop Worrying About Everyone’s Loyalty

There was a time when loyalty was everything. My father’s generation worked at the same company for an entire career, professional athletes stayed long term with a single team, and Ford people would never dream of owning a Chevy. In those days, loyalty to a job was assumed. I’ve actually seen employees fired – not because they were incompetent – but because the boss didn’t

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The Power of Small Creative Teams

When it comes to brainstorming and creative teams, Jeff Bezos at Amazon.com says to keep them small. Usually, when I’m involved in creative meetings with clients, most organizations want 20-30 people in meetings and that’s just too large and unproductive a group to work. With a smaller group of key people, you don’t waste a lot of time and man hours on bad ideas. Plus, like a herd of cats, large creative teams are simply too unwieldy to manage well.  Small groups move faster and are more nimble.  The perfect number?  

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Be Cautious When Hiring Your Family

Although nearly every church, ministry, or non-profit client I’ve ever known hires their family, I always urge caution when doing it.  Sure – there’s nothing we’d all like better than to hire our spouse, children, or other relatives.  The idea of a “family company” sounds great.  But in truth, it doesn’t work as well as you think.  Entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki is direct and too the point, but worth listening to when he says: 

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Don’t Tell Me About the Labor Pains. Just Show Me The Baby.

Early in my career I learned a valuable lesson from a great leader. When I didn’t deliver on a project, I had nothing but a list of excuses and blame. His response? “Don’t tell me about the labor pains – just show me the baby.” He wasn’t interested in excuses, or blaming someone else. All he wanted was a completed project. Recently, I’ve been dealing with some people who feel they need to place blame for their inability to deliver, or at least give me an excuse why another person made their work difficult. My answer?

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You’ll Only Grow As Far As Your Pain Tolerance

That was a quote from leadership consultant Sam Chand. We were speaking together at a conference in Florida recently and when it said it, I realized exactly what he meant. Think of workouts or losing weight – you’ll only exercise as much as the amount of pain you can take. It’s no different in leadership, art, creativity, ministry, sports, or business. To get to the next level, you have to

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The 5 People I’ll Never Hire Again

Working with our team at Cooke Pictures, I’ve produced hundreds of film and video projects over the years, and in the process hired thousands of people. I’ve worked on every continent, and about 50 countries. After all that experience hiring and sometimes firing, these are the five types of people – on a film set or in the office – I will never hire again:

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Are You A Good Listener? Learn The Keys to “Selective Listening:”

Are you a good listener?  You’re not learning if you’re doing all the talking, and far too many people think they need to talk to get noticed.  So I asked the founder and CEO of Infinity Concepts, Mark Dreistadt, the secrets of listening well.  Have you ever been accused of “selective hearing?”  You know – the process that happens when you intentionally don’t want to hear something.  Well, there are actually five different ways we listen.  So here’s the 5 secrets to what Mark calls “Selective Listening” – how many have you experienced?

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