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.

The Number One Reason Most Good Ideas Fail

Many people make the fatal decision to invest critical, precious time and money into ideas that are doomed for lack of this basic requirement.

How acting fast on your rough idea makes it better

Have an idea? Don’t wait – Use your momentum to activate it, now. Even if it’s not perfect, get it online asap, then if it’s worth it, make upgrades and improvements as you go.

What To Do When Your Creative Best Gets Rejected

At some point, it happens to everyone who makes something public. Your work gets rejected, sometimes with pejoratives and sometimes with kind words that kill. How do you react well and maintain your creative energy in the face of such negativity?

How to Overcome the Lie of Lowered Expectations

We fear for tomorrow so we accept what the lie of lowered expectations offers, even when our acceptance sells out the greatness of the Holy Spirit’s descending spark in us. Here is how to overcome it.

19 Questions to Kickstart a More Creative Life

People like to talk about changing the world. Jesus makes the crazy promise that we actually can change the world. But the bar to do it is high. We need to love, fully, with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength. Here are 19 questions to help you figure out the wonder of a more creative life.

The Myth of the Blinding Flash

Eureka moments don’t happen to the madcap lone genius in his studio. The myth of the blinding flash isn’t helpful because it persuades us to not do the daily work. The way to overcome this myth is through Input. Make daily exposure to new ideas part of your creative routine. Your mind cannot sift and recombine ideas—a process known as “Incubation”—if you don’t first put in the hard work of giving it new material to work with.

If You Want to See Creativity in Action, Look At the Bible App on Your Phone

We get it backwards. We only look at outcomes. That’s God’s job. Our job is to make. Creativity that ships – also known as innovation – is the goal, not size or growth, and most of the time that means we have to start small and lonely and with risk and resistance and with few resources.

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.

How To Get Rid of a 24 Page Bulletin

When I started as Creative and Communication Director at Peachtree, the church was producing 24-page bulletins in weekly worship. How could I get rid of this old albatross? The problem was, I couldn’t kill it right away, because the congregation was dependent: it was the main way the church communicated. If I killed it, people would have no way of knowing what was going on. So here’s what I did.

What Is Your Best Innovation of 2014?

What is the best new idea you’ve been a part of in 2014?

If The Horse is Dead, Dismount

All organizations tend to ride dead horses until it is too late. But the church is worse, because we make our old ideas holy.