Archive for February, 2012



For the Rest of 2012, Let’s Switch from Conversations to Action

If I hear the phrase “we just want to start conversations” one more time, I may just throw up. You’ve heard it before: “conversations about Jesus,” or “conversations about social justice,” or “conversations about relationships,” or whatever. Yuck. Enough already. I say it’s time to stop “starting conversations” and start a little ACTION. So now that we’re into 2012, let’s start focusing less on “conversations” and more on “actions.” What are you actually DOING to make real change happen in your world?  Are you Read the full article »

You Need a Productivity Breakthrough

OK – I admit that I have a fetish for to do lists. Not that I’m that detailed, but I love working with apps that help me sort and organize my to do lists. My two favorites are Things and Wunderlist. I’m a big fan of David Allen’s “Getting Things Done” concept, but I have one big problem with it: I’m a big idea person, so I’m always coming up with things I should do, films I should make, client tasks, and more. So I looked at my to do list recently and it had Read the full article »

EPISODE 57 TO CHANGE YOUR ORGANIZATION LOOK OUTSIDE

Download episode #57 To Change Your Organization Look Outside (25MB)

Phil Cooke discusses why changing your organization is tough, and why an outside perspective is critical.

Important Tips for Better PowerPoint or Keynote Presentations

Over and over, I see people make PowerPoint or Keynote presentations that are lifeless, boring, and dull.  They don’t have to be.  Visuals should help you make an impact, and if you want to really connect with your audience, here’s a few suggestions from my experience: Read the full article »

How Do You Change Organizational Culture?

Sometimes, you just can’t do any better than what’s already out there.  This week at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville, I hosted a panel with Jeff Skaggs, Founder of Soma Games, Megan Alexander, correspondent for “Inside Edition” and Michael Hyatt, Chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishers.  We had a terrific discussion of how to change your organization’s culture – especially if you’re not the person at the top.  This morning, Michael wrote an excellent post on his blog at michaelhyatt.com – and honestly, it’s tough to beat.  If you’re a leader, or a person in the middle somewhere, you need to read this post right now. Read the full article »

Do “G” or “Conservative” Movies Perform Better at the Box Office?

I was recently interviewed by a news organization about the idea that “G” or “PG” movies – or movies that are essentially more conservative politically make more money at the box office.  While I’m not a researcher, and it’s a complex issue, I thought you might be interested in my thoughts on the matter.  Here’s my response to the question from the reporter.  I would love to know your reaction to the argument: Read the full article »

The 10 Biggest Myths About Hollywood

1.  Hollywood hates Christians. The fact is, Hollywood – and most of the mainstream media is ignorant of all things “Christian.”  Most of the media leaders in this country are simply not people of any faith background, so while it may appear they dislike issues of faith, Read the full article »

What Happens When Someone Calls a TV Show to Accept Christ?

Last year, Mary Hutchinson, founder of Inspired Direct did a comprehensive study on how media ministries handle written requests by viewers to help them make the most important decision of their lives:  accepting Jesus Christ as Savior.  The results were less than compelling – see the link below.  This year, Mary’s team decided to go to the phones, as the television preachers ask us to do.  They selected several dozen ministries that are on television, some are large (mega), some are quite small.  Some are the same organizations as we tested last year, some are new to the study.  Many you and I know personally, and in fact in their meetings, I have have heard the discussion about how the phones should best be handled: Pastoral staff?  Trained Volunteers?  An outside service provider that shares our heart and mission?  Except for a few outstanding results, we have been careful not to name names.  The intent is not to embarrass, but to allow ministries to see/hear what their ministry is like from the donor’s point of view.  Anything we test and measure, we can improve.  Is there anything more important we can improve than how to handle a person seeking salvation?  Read the attached and consider what experience your caller would have experienced:  Read the full article »

The Father of Our Country Didn’t Like Interruptions

Ron Chernow, discussing his outstanding biography of George Washington, recently mentioned how important “focus” was for our first president. Chernow said that at the beginning of his presidency, “[Washington] couldn’t seem to sit down for dinner without 20 people being there—strangers sponging off his generosity, eating his food, drinking his wine. Washington had to create barricades if he was going to be able to function as president. . . . He saw that he needed to carve out some kind of zone of sanity or privacy just so that he could work without constant interruptions.”   I’ve read research that indicates Read the full article »

A Strategy for Engaging the Culture

Over the years, there have been many ideas about how Christians should be engaging the culture.  Recently, writer Peggy Noonan responded to  President Obama’s policy toward faith driven institutions in respect to his recent birth control initiative.  In responding to that policy, I found an interesting strategy for engaging the culture on a number of issues from a spiritual perspective.  Read her strategy suggestions and let me know what you think: Read the full article »


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