SUMMER IS OVER: TEAM CLEVELAND UPDATE

The summer of 2014 has come to a close. I feel like it just started a week or two ago. It’s crazy to me how quickly it seems that time passes. As I look at my daughters and compare them to pictures of them just a few months ago it’s unbelievable how much they’ve grown
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GUIDING YOUR GRAPHIC ARTIST

Times have changed, especially in the church world over the last decade. Not too long ago you had a church secretary that would click the magical “clip art” button and insert some little “graphic” piece, usually pretty tacky, onto the weekly bulletin template. That was pretty much the extent of graphic art in church. Now,
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5 BUILDING BLOCKS OF CREATIVITY

I’m often asked the question, “What can I do to help promote an environment of creativity?” You can discuss that question for days on end and continue to come up with great ways. I believe that there is no all encompassing list of things that you can do, but here’s a list of 5 building
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THERE’S DEATH IN MANAGEMENT

There is a difference between managers who delegate and leaders who empower. Managers who delegate often give their employees or the people that they lead a task without much direction. Leaders who empower have worked alongside those that they lead and have shown them the right and wrong ways to do things. Leaders that empower
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IDEA: FROM CONCEPT TO GREATNESS PART 2

In part 1 of this post I focused on being open to the creativity around us and some specific ways to broaden our creative horizons. In part 2 we’re going to pick up with the assumption that we’ve been open to the creativity around us and that now we have a beginning idea, or what
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Idea: From Concept to Greatness Part 1

I get questions all the time from creative leaders, artists, and event/church goers asking how I come up with some of the ideas that they think are great. It’s really easy to think that I, or people like me, are “idea machines” and come up with and crank out greatness in our sleep. Sometimes I’d
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EXCELLENCE IS IN THE DETAILS

How many steps do you take into a room before you begin to notice the things that aren’t done well?  Do you notice them at all?  Do you notice the BIG things only?  What about the details? I believe one of the main attributes of a great leader in any capacity is paying relentless attention
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I’M NOT A VIDEO PRODUCER… I AM MARRIED TO ONE AND I DO WATCH TV

This is the year 2014.  A recent study discovered that 75% of American homes own a HDTV.  The same study learned that 51% of those HDTV households own more than one HDTV set.  38% of all homes in America own multiple HDTV’s. Let’s take this information and apply a bit of reason… If most Americans
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“WE COULD, BUT IT WOULD BE REALLY HARD…”

In professional meetings and personal conversations I hear a phrase used repeatedly.  As someone is talking about something different than what is currently being done this excuse as I call it seems to continually permeate.  “Well, we could (fill in the blank), but it would be really hard”. Wait, what?  Something being hard is a
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PRINCIPLES FOR KINDERGARTEN & LIFE

In the summer of 2013 my amazing wife, Natalie and I were able to adopt the two coolest little girls in the world.  Presley, our 6 year old is currently in kindergarten and Kylie, our 5 year old, is in Pre-K.  I can’t brag enough on how well they have transitioned into our family or
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