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Getting the Most Out of Your Creative Team

Creatives can appear disinterested and unwilling to help–especially if they’ve been burned or felt unappreciated in the past. But creatives are actually super eager to help if the environment is right. Here are a few ways you can craft a creative-friendly environment and evoke their excitement: Continue reading →

Money Ball

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Money Ball is a film about the Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s successful attempt to put together a baseball team on a budget by employing computer generated analysis to draft players. It’s a great underdog story that shows sometimes you need to buck the system.

That latter part was a great reminder for me. As leaders,whether it be church, non-profit or business, there comes a point in time where people and process exist because they have before not because they should. Jonah Hill’s plays Peter Brand a character in the movie that sees a deficiency in the way teams a put together and asks the hard question.

“You goal shouldn’t be to buy players. It should be about buying wins; in order to buy wins, you need to buy runs..”

Where in your church or organizations are you still “buying players” instead of “buying wins?”

WebOS, Killing Computers and Leading Teams

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A little rant on how having the right pieces doesn’t always work (Nerd Alert).

Recently HP announced the death of WebOS. WebOS was the software platform developed by Palm for their new phone. After Palm’s failed attempt at bringing it to market HP saw AN opportunity. They bought it and became the second major technology company to control both a hardware and software ecosystem (1st Major… Apple).

It could have been a match made in heaven. Look at iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad from Apple. HP was on the right track. HP even had an open platform for developers. More freedom. More innovation.

Alas, they failed to deliver just as many other companies and organizations. Just like I have. Just like we all have. Continue reading →

Jigsaw Leadership

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I don’t like to do puzzles.

It’s not that I can’t do them, it’s just that I’m not particularly fond of the feeling you get when you finally get those thousand pieces together… and then have to put them all back in the box. I tend to dislike the reality of having nothing to show for hours of my effort.

Recently, my two-year-old son Gavin developed a new fascination with puzzles. His are much simpler with much less effort involved. So I’ve suddenly reentered the world of puzzles and I’m actually enjoying it more than I thought. But what I’ve realized in revisiting this old hobby is that I never actually left it.

Leading a creative arts team is a lot like sitting down to do a puzzle. Other organizations or other ministries of a church fit much easier into the standard business model of leadership. Just have everyone read the 17 laws of something and everything will run as it should. Continue reading →