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.

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.

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.

How to unleash your church creative arts ministry in 8 big steps

There’s a tragic, invisible barrier that prevents churches from using talented artists and artists from serving God through ministry in the local church. Both churches and artists want to collaborate, but neither can seem to figure out how. To help, I’ve made a creative arts and communications ministry development roadmap.

Pixar’s 5 Tips for Growing an Awesome Workplace Environment for Creativity

Dysfunction in the creative process is the number one complaint I hear from leaders and artists in churches and other organizations. The solution starts with establishing a healthy creative culture. Here are 6 signs of dysfunctions and 5 things to do to encourage creativity and allow artistry to thrive.

5 Ways Colleagues Can Stimulate Your Creative Output

Since people are both central to creative practice and a major stumbling block to creative practice, I’ve come to realize that the thing that separates the majority who carry unfulfilled dreams and the few who possess an unusual ability to get things done is strong relationships. Learning to lead and work with others is the most important variable for a creative person’s success.

The Myth of the Right Brained Thinker

The myth of the right brained thinker isn’t helpful because it suggests that we’re either hard wired for creativity or we’re not, and also because it suggests that the only kind of creativity is that which is related to artistic expression. Creativity is just as possible in electrical engineering as it is in songwriting or the culinary arts. Every one of us is capable of creative ideas.