Posts Tagged ‘innovation’



Four Reasons Your Brainstorming Sessions Aren’t Successful

After the previous post about why brainstorming doesn’t work for many people, I received a number of comments from people who like to do it, but don’t get good results.  If you’re a brainstorming person, and the method works for you, here are four keys that might make it more productive.  By bringing multiple perspectives to the table, your team gains insight you might never have considered, plus you’re adding years of experience to solving the creative problem. But most brainstorming sessions don’t yield much – or fail completely. If that’s your problem, here’s four key reasons you’re not getting more from your creative team: Read the full article »

Great Art Doesn’t Tell – It Shows

The following are the remarks by Wall Street Journal drama critic and columnist Terry Teachout when he received the Bradley Prize in Washington, D.C..  When I read them, I immediately thought of writers, filmmakers, musicians, and artists who are driven by their faith.  All of us need to be reminded of what Terry says is the key to creating great art:  Read the full article »

Is Curiosity More Significant Than Talent?

Early in life I discovered the power of curiosity, and I’ve been incredibly curious ever since. I’ve always been fascinated at what’s over the next hill or around the corner up ahead. As my career unfolded, that curiosity was the driving force behind my filming in more than 50 countries around the world. In fact, looking at history, it’s amazing the number of inventions and ideas that were developed that were largely driven by curiosity. Even Read the full article »

Creatives: You’re About to Be Embarrassed

At the National Religious Broadcasters Convention earlier this year, I had the opportunity to meet Libby Stewart and Erika Filer. Both young ladies are 14 and in the eighth grade. Back in September, unhappy with what they were seeing in magazines and social media focused on young teen girls, they decided to create their own account on Instagram for teenage girls. They’re called Read the full article »

How to Find Time to Create Your Dream Project

Nearly every week someone comes to me in frustration and says something like, “I need to write a book but I can never find the time.” Or, “I have a screenplay I want to write, but I just have too much to do during the day.” Honestly, in most cases, even if they had nothing else to do, most still wouldn’t actually get around to writing. But just in case “finding the time” is a real problem for you, let me offer this suggestion: Read the full article »

Creativity Isn’t About Inspiration, It’s About Rituals

I love the quote by painter Chuck Close: “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.” Real creative professionals know that creativity isn’t about a spark, or inspired moment. Sure those things happen, but they’re rare and can’t be counted on. What can be counted on is showing up.  One writer described the writing process as simply Read the full article »

Would You Give 5 Hours a Day to Achieve Greatness?

One of my favorite books from last year was Mason Curry’s Daily Rituals: How Artists Work.  In the book he details the daily schedule of 161 artists, writers painters, thinkers, inventors, and all-around creative people. It features their quirks (Ben Franklin liked to be naked, Maya Angelou can only write in motels, and more). It’s a fascinating read, and will definitely impact your own daily creative schedule. While there’s a wealth of information in the book (I highly recommend it), here’s two critically important things I learned: Read the full article »

The Destructive Power of Bubbles and Why You Need to Break Out

Every group has bubbles. Hollywood, the Church, media elites, politicians, athletes, the gay community, and hundreds more. Bubbles happen when you create a world where you spend most of your time, and then assume everyone thinks like you.  I work in Hollywood and know people who can’t imagine why anyone could possibly be Read the full article »

Let’s Make 2014 The Year of Execution

If the disastrous roll-out of Obamacare has taught us anything, it’s that execution matters. No matter how noble your idea, if you can’t make it happen, then it doesn’t matter. So much in 2013 was poorly executed, so I want us to focus this new year on the art of “execution.” Writing in the Wall Street Journal recently, Joseph Epstein talked about the “Good Intentions Paving Company.” You’ll remember the famous saying: Read the full article »

What’s Right About Megachurches

As the saying goes, “The world is going to hell in a hand basket.” There’s never been a greater challenge for world evangelism, there are plenty of social problems like hunger and homelessness we face here in the United States, Christians are being marginalized more than ever, religious persecution is rampant on a global basis, and that’s just the beginning. But what are we still debating in the Church today? Read the full article »


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