What Creative Leadership Looks Like

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.

4 Reasons We Stop Creating

There are four reasons we stop creating. All four are based on a desire for comfort. In each case, we retreat from the work, and tell ourselves we’ll get to it again. But the reality is we avoid it.

We Often Miss the Most Obvious Part of Our Message

It’s amazing how easily we lose track of the main thing. Branding is all about recognizing your distinctive element of grandeur, beauty or interest, and building around that. Like the people who built the Chicago World’s Fair learned.

Information Alone Isn’t Enough

Some people call this the age of Big Data. We’re swimming in data. But if there’s one thing the information age has taught us, it’s that information alone isn’t enough.

6 Options For When You Grow Up

Here are six messages I hear about what will happen when you grow up. These options are the end game of our creative dreams.

A Brand is What Makes You Burn

A good brand is not calculated. It is simply the ability to clearly communicate what burns inside you. Here’s my definition of a brand, with a stunning example.

Help the Message Make the Journey

In church we’re taught about the power of the Holy Spirit when we share a message. In seminary we’re taught about the importance of theological integrity when we share a message. What we’re not taught, and what we desperately need, is a deeper understanding of the influence of our communication – our language, symbols, and signs – when we share a message.

Trump, Trade and Technology

There’s a culture and technology connection to the American decision to elect Donald Trump as President.

Small Innovations are Neat, but Big I Creates Real Growth

There’s a spectrum of innovation that happens when we think creatively about our problems. Most of us aim for small innovations all the time. A better process for retaining guests. A more efficient way to track paper costs. A social media strategy that results in higher engagement. And so on. But while we spend most of our energy on Small I, it’s Big I that creates real growth. Further, Small I rarely leads to Big I. Big I is something else entirely.Further, Small I rarely leads to Big I. Big I is something else entirely.

C.S. Lewis and the Role of Imagination in Making Meaning

C.S. Lewis helped the Christian community rediscover Christian imagination, and that imagination isn’t in conflict with reason. If the imagination leads us in an irrational direction to an ultimately irrational area, it is a failure of the imagination as well as a failure of reason.