Why You Should Value Creative Misfits

I wrote recently about Leonardo da Vinci, who by some accounts was a brilliant misfit. Some speculate that he may have had Asperger’s, but at the very least, he didn’t socialize well. Writing that post about da Vinci reminded me of a friend who worked for a very large national nonprofit organization. She was remarkably creative, and she showed them how to use digital media in some very innovative ways. She made deals with outside firms to create apps, helped them integrate new platforms to share their message, and


The Tragedy of Second Generation Failure

More Churches And Ministries Are At Risk Than You Think

It’s been reported that 70% of second generation businesses fail in America. That made me think of nonprofits, churches, and ministries in the same light. Is it true of those organizations as well? Over the years, I’ve consulted on numerous leadership transitions of some of the highest profile pastors and Christian leaders in America and I have to report that


The Internet and the Rise of Christian Mobs

Religious mobs have been around for thousands of years. After all, it was a religious mob that called for Barabbas to be freed and Jesus to be executed. It was a similar motivation for the mobs that called for the arrest of the disciples. And throughout history, Christian mobs have done plenty of damage in the name of Jesus. From the days of the Early Church, to the Crusades, to burning heretics, to racists and beyond, there’s always been a


Nonprofits And Religious Organizations: Why Telling Your Story Will Be More Important Than Ever in 2018

If you’re involved in a church, religious ministry, or nonprofit organization, then you’ve already heard that many believe the new tax law will reduce the incentive for charitable giving by the middle class. Since it nearly doubles the standard deduction to $24,000 for joint filers, it’s assumed that fewer filers will itemize their deductions, and charities fear fewer Americans will be able to take advantage of the deduction – which means fewer will give. We have yet to see the impact either way, however, the red light that should be flashing is that if fewer people give because of a tax deduction, that leaves


The Keys to Communicating Change:

One of the Greatest Challenges for a Leader

If you’re a professional communicator, a significant part of your job is leading people through change. It’s a tough challenge, and if you’ve read my book “Jolt: Get the Jump on a World That’s Constantly Changing” then you know that for individuals and organizations, change is incredibly hard. One example in the book is research that indicates that within two years, the vast majority of open heart surgery patients


Why Your Church Needs More Than a Communications or Media Director

In my experience most church leaders believe that hiring a creative communication or media director is all they need to worry about. Our consulting and coaching team at Cooke Pictures knows that creativity matters, and someone familiar with the process of communicating a church or ministry’s message is critical. However, we also know that something even more important is


What To Do When You Receive Unwanted Sexual or Provocative Messages from Admirers

Leaders: What You Do Today Could Save Your Reputation Tomorrow

You don’t have to be a leader for long before you start receiving unwanted emails, text messages, or phone calls from “admirers.” While some may be innocent, it’s difficult to tell at the start, and for the sake of your reputation and integrity, I recommend you take no chances. In our team’s work helping churches, ministries, and nonprofits tell their story, I’ve seen leaders who have stepped down or been fired because of this issue, so please take it seriously. Remember that email isn’t private. In a