Posts Tagged ‘design’



Leaders: Are You Delegating To Someone Who’s Undermining You?

In most cases, when an organization hires my company – Cooke Pictures, in Burbank, California – they name someone internally as the “point person” who we deal with on a day to day basis. In some cases, this point person has approval authority, and at the very least dictates the working relationship. In most cases, the person is experienced, responsible, and qualified. But from time to time, that point person can make life miserable. Here’s why: Read the full article »

The Big Secret to a Successful Freelance Career

The freelance life is a challenge. At some point, every employee in America has thought about leaving their job and working for themselves. But the realization that freelance professionals wake up every morning unemployed usually jolts them back to reality. Managing projects, inspiring confidence, being professional, dealing with risk, and more all add up to a successful freelance career, but one thing stands above all others. If you can’t do this, then don’t become a freelancer. The single most important aspect of a successful freelance career is: Read the full article »

How to Sell Your Ideas

Everyone has ideas, but only a few get those ideas made. The truth is, “idea people” are important, but sometimes it seems like they’re a dime a dozen.  That’s why it’s the “execution people” that interest me. Moving your book, movie, business, or whatever idea to the production and funding stage is a challenge. Here’s some ideas to help  make that happen: Read the full article »

Interior Design for Churches – Check Out The Local Anthropologie Store

This is a re-post from a few years back when my wife Kathleen noticed an interesting interview with Ron Pompei from the popular women’s store “Antropologie” in a supplement to Time magazine. As I read about his philosophy of store design, it clicked that we should be thinking this way when it comes to how people experience “church.” In the past, a church was an artistic expression of the community, and from small chapels in the woods, to magnificant cathedrals in major cities, houses of worship reflected meaning. From the overall design, to the smallest details, they told the story of Read the full article »

My Pet Peeve of the Month – Weird Shaped Business Cards

I’m bringing this post back from the archives, because it drives me crazy.  I know they look cool – those weird shaped business cards. Squares, skinny thin ones, or shapes like TV sets, cameras, books, or houses (if you’re a real estate agent.) But the truth is – they’re a real pain. They don’t fit into a business card folder, don’t play well with other cards in a stack, and generally are difficult to deal with. I know – you’re going to say, “But Phil, you always tell us to be different and stand out from the crowd.”   Yes, that’s important – but Read the full article »

Want to Be More Creative? Try Boredom

Looking back over the history of my ideas, the best ones didn’t happen surrounded by a creative team, in a cool environment, or working for a great organization. The ugly truth is – while I believe in all those things – my best ideas usually happen when I’m bored to death.  Listening to a really bad sermon at church, driving across town, waiting for a movie to start, or sitting in the doctor’s waiting room. For whatever reason, when I’m bored, my mind starts to Read the full article »

Is Your Office Inspiring?

You spend at least a third of your life there. You’re there for most waking hours. It’s where you work most closely with other people. And yet, it looks plain, uninspiring, and probably outright depressing. Your surroundings have more of an impact on your creativity and productivity than you may think. That’s why you need to be more intentional about your Read the full article »

What’s Your Most Creative Time of Day?

Simple question. We all have times of the day when we rock, and times when we don’t. For me, it’s the morning. From 6am to noon I can write like mad. I’m crazy creative. After lunch, I’m done. I can do phone calls, client meetings, and email, but after lunch I rarely can write anything worth reading or produce anything worth watching. Everyone has a Read the full article »

Is The Lack of Boredom Killing our Creativity?

I’m convinced that one of the big reasons I’m creative is because as a kid I was bored to death at church.  My dad was the pastor, so I had to sit with my mom and sister on the front row of the sanctuary every time the church doors opened. As a little kid, I was bored out of my mind, so I went through two stages:  The first was counting.  Looking around, I counted ceiling tiles, chairs on the stage, choir members – anything that could be counted.  The second stage was daydreaming.  I learned that in the most boring situations – church services, my sisters dance recitals, funerals – whatever, I could think up some amazing stuff.  The problem is that today, we don’t have Read the full article »


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