Posts Tagged ‘influence’



Looking for a Job? What If You Created The Job?

It’s easy to sound insensitive when offering ideas to job seekers. But frankly, things are desperate out there and people need real help. Regardless of your politics, this administration has shown remarkably poor leadership when it comes to reviving the economy or inspiring business leaders, and now as Obamacare rolls out, it’s damage to our wallets and future employment is looking Read the full article »

What Leaders Should Learn from Chris Christie’s “Bridgegate”

Chris Christie may be finished as a presidential candidate, and maybe not. But either way, he experienced a potentially catastrophic event this past week with his now famous “Bridgegate” problems. While the vast majority of media critics and consultants agree that he’s handling the crisis very well so far (taking full responsibility, firing people at fault, having a 2 hour press conference to deal with questions), it certainly left him in a difficult position. It’s an instructional moment for leaders of all types for two reasons: Read the full article »

This Year, Find a Good Mentor in Your Office

In many ways, the most important advantage a person has in the workplace are relationships.  In the past, “networking” was about taking advantage – what other people can do for me.  But today, networking is about helping other people because it’s the right thing to do.  Whether you believe in God, Karma, or random chance, the truth is, when you help others achieve their dreams, they can help achieve yours.  But when it comes to the mentors and allies you have at work, here some important principles to remember: Read the full article »

The #1 Talent Of The Best Video Editors

I meet video editors on a regular basis, and generally speaking they want to talk about:

1. What editing software they use. (Final Cut, Avid, Adobe Premier – whatever)
2. What effects software they use. (After-Effects, Photoshop, Maya – whatever)
3. What cameras they like to edit footage from. (RED, DSLR, Canon C300 – whatever)

But I rarely talk to a video editor who wants to talk about

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Pastors and Ministry Leaders: With Ghostwriters, Let’s Give Credit Where It’s Due

Over the years, I’ve recommended ghostwriters on multiple occasions to my clients. In fact, early in my career, I was paid to write a number of books for clients myself without ever getting any credit. After all, do we really believe all major corporate executives, celebrities, professional athletes, or leaders are good writers? And it’s no different with pastors. The irony here is that although a significant part of their job is communication, the vast majority of pastors I’ve met are just not terribly good when it comes to writing. So if you have a message you need to share, and a book is the right platform (but you’re not a strong writer) then by all means, consider hiring a professional writer or editor to help. But I just have one caveat: Read the full article »

Is Your Resume Helping You or Hurting You?

Recently, I received a resume from an experienced media producer looking for a job. The resume was designed well, and he had a long job history. At the top of the resume was his “Objective,” which read: Read the full article »

Are You Listening to Your Own Team?

When it comes to leadership, it’s not just a top down process. The truth is, for most companies and nonprofits, the best ideas come up from the bottom.  But sadly, most leaders are ignoring their own people.  Research has found that with most companies in America, the average employee’s ideas are only implemented once every Read the full article »

What is a “Social Media Chaplain?”

I asked Robyn Bridgeo, who’s the “Social Media Chaplain” for The Salvation Army’s SAVN.TV online initiative about how he’s using social media to extend the internationally known Salvation Army brand. So many church, ministry, and nonprofit leaders are still struggling with whether or not to explore social media, so it sometimes helps to hear from people experiencing success in the field. Here’s what Robyn had to say: Read the full article »

Giving Is The Best Communication

Best short film of the week is a long form commercial.  Check it out, expand it to full screen, turn up the audio, and get a tissue.

 


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