The 1-3-5-7 Method to Making an Outstanding Creative Culture

Creative Culture Colors

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.

A Day in the Life of a Church Creative Director

St Andrew staff stuffing a mailer

Ever wondered what a church creative director does? I am the Creative and Communications Director at St Andrew, a large in the Dallas area. Often, people ask what I do. Creative leadership is one of the most important things a church can have. Here’s a typical day.

You Have Two Choices: Lead Up or Complain Down

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.

Struggling with change resistance? Use this vision toolkit

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.

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.

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.

Your Origin Story is Sending You Clues

The origin story sets the ground rules for the story of the life that follows. Sometimes, though, the story’s caretakers lose sight of the origin. Rediscovering and knowing your origin story in a deep way provides a key to understanding your identity.