I call it the 1-3-5-7 Method – the leadership work of building a sustainable creative culture that thrives beyond an individual leader’s influence. The premise of the method is that it takes a minimum of seven years to build something that lasts.
She asked, the leadership of my church is not clear on the purpose of a creative element in worship. Does it serve the sermon? Prepare people for the sermon? Is it just something “special” to keep things interesting? What is it for?
Something going wrong? You have two options – lead up or complain down. But, you say, you don’t know my boss! And, perhaps it’s as tough as you say. But before you gave up, consider two moments in the Scriptures when someone had an option to lead up or complain down.
If you are trying to create a specific future – a growing company, a healthy church, a community of people – then you assuredly face opposition. In their book Illuminate, Nancy Duarte and Patti Sanche outline why this is and how story can you help move forward.
People in creative work settings need advocacy and leadership to protect them and free them to flourish. Here is my pledge to all creative team members in my care. This is what I strive to do for you. And what I want you to do in return.