My Rules for Attending Meetings

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I hate meetings. I really do. So if I have to attend a meeting, I want it to be productive. Over the years I’ve actually fired employees who couldn’t control themselves during meetings (I’ll explain later). So if you’re on my team and attending a client meeting, branding meeting, project meeting or any other kind of meeting with me, you have to know what I expect. Here’s a list of things I want my people to know during a meeting, and the list might be worth sharing with your team as well:

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5 Things Traditional, Legacy Ministries Must Do To Survive

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Back in the fifties through the eighties, there were some massive evangelistic and social service ministries created that did amazing work around the world (and some still are). From Campus Crusade, The Jesus Film Project, Feed the Children, the Navigators, The Gideons – plus big evangelistic organizations like Oral Roberts, Billy Graham, and many more, these ministry and nonprofit organizations had a global impact and raised hundreds of millions of dollars in the effort. But today some of the large, legacy ministries are struggling. After seeing many of these organizations from the inside, and from my experience engaging today’s culture, here’s five things these organizations need to do to transition and stay relevant to the next generation:

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Being Best Is Better Than Being First

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There are many brands out there that we consider the best in their category such as Google, Amazon, or Gillette. But those brands weren’t the first in their category. In case after case innovative companies (some ahead of their time) ended up in the trash heap of history. That’s a good thing to remember when someone beats you to the market with an idea. In some cases, the first to launch isn’t ready, the product isn’t perfect, or the marketing is poorly executed. In other cases, the

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This is the Age of Nimble

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Bureaucracy is dead. This is the age of “nimble.” Trust me on this – if your organization has silos, turf battles, or is overwhelmed by policy manuals, you’re about to get squashed by smaller, nimbler, and hungrier organizations. You see bureaucracy everywhere today – the government can’t even pass a budget because of the number of special interests they have to please. Hostess, the maker of Twinkies is out of business because among other things, their Union rules required cake and bread to travel in separate trucks, and barred drivers from loading and unloading. Nimbler firms were

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Are You Ready for a Public Relations Nightmare?

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If you missed my video during the Nine’s Conference, then you can view it here.  I was asked to speak for a few minutes to Church, ministry, and nonprofit leaders about what they should be thinking about in order to avoid a “PR Nightmare.”  Here’s what I recommended.  I’d love to know your response:

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Is Email Taking Over Your Life?

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During a film shoot in Tucson, Arizona for a new Internet project, I woke up at 4am unable to sleep.  So as millions do when our sleep is interrupted, I got up and started wading through my cluttered email inbox.  Email consumes enormous amounts of time (some studies indicate that 40% of a typical employee’s day is spent sending and receiving email).  Yet we rarely think about strategies to use it more effectively.  In addition, research shows that a significant amount of email is misinterpreted, leading to embarrassment and sometimes being fired.  A few simple guidelines can keep you from wasting enormous time, and protect you from humiliation, frustration, and even legal issues.  So try out these ideas and see if you can begin to gain some ground in the daily email war:

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The Destructive Power of Ego

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I live and work in Hollywood, so believe me when I say the ego can be a very destructive thing. I’ve met people who lie for a living, just to support their ego. Even in situations where it wouldn’t matter, they still lie because they’re so used to it. And that’s exactly the horrifying power of ego: to save face, we will often do anything. Go back to the Cain and Abel story in the Old Testament to see the power of unchecked ego at work. That story ended in murder.  But in most

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The Seven People On Your Team That Are Killing Your Organization

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1) The One Trick Pony: I once worked with a person in charge of a nonprofit’s direct mail fundraising program. One time with the monthly donor letter he used yellow paper and noticed that he received an 6% higher than normal response. Assuming that was the only factor, he made a rule that from then on, all the organizations communications with donors had to be on yellow paper.  The One Trick Pony in your organization has tunnel vision. They only see one solution to everything, and it’s usually the wrong one. They’re not exploring other opportunities and giving you a

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