Posts Tagged ‘leadership’



Be Careful Before Starting a Lawsuit Over a Social Media Post

I’ve spent time on this blog warning social media users about inappropriate posts.  But should a church, nonprofit, or company start a lawsuit over a critical social media post?  According to recent news reports, employers are experiencing real challenges when they try to sue employees – even when those employees are critical of the companies they work for.  Even when people Facebook or Twitter bad news about Read the full article »

Four Things Influencers Should Know About Trust

When it comes to leadership and influence, we rarely talk about trust. When we do, it’s usually in terms of honesty and integrity. Questions like: “Can I trust you to honor your word?” or “Can you be trusted with finances?” usually come to mind. Those questions are important, but the truth is, trust is a far deeper issue, and when it comes to your team, employees, congregation, or followers, trust may be the single most important connection you can build. To achieve that connection, here’s four principles every leader and influencer should know: Read the full article »

What Were People Searching For in 2014?

Our friends at Google have posted the subjects people searched for the most in 2014.  It’s set up by category so you can browse through the different areas and drill down to more specifics.  There’s enormous information here for articles, blog posts, sermons, and essays.  Scientific American also posted some interesting insights as well as trending subjects that were searched on Google.  But remember, “Search” isn’t everything.  As Leon Wieseltier recently wrote in a brilliant piece in The New York Times: Read the full article »

The 5 Keys To A Successful Relationship with a Creative Consultant or Vendor

I am often a “vendor.” That means our company, Cooke Pictures is hired by churches, ministry organizations, and nonprofits to consult with them on issues related to creativity, media, and engaging their communities. We advise them on a wide range of issues, from video and short film production, social media, book publishing, the Internet and more. Essentially we help organizations Read the full article »

How To Write Your Personal Biography For A Website, Resume, or Conference

During your career, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to write a biography about yourself for websites, social media, conference programs, membership in professional organizations and more. The problem is, too many people seize that moment to pontificate about themselves as if they’d won an Academy Award or Nobel Prize. But writing an effective bio can do more than just tout your accomplishments – it can really serve to advance your ideas and message. Now’s a good time to re-think your bio, and here’s a handful of important principles to keep in mind: Read the full article »

Two Critical Traits You Need to Focus on in 2015

In the book “Extreme: Why Some People Thrive at the Limits,” writers Emma Barrett and Paul Martin explore what makes thrill seekers get such a rush from being out on the edge. “Brain imaging studies,” they write “have found that risk seeking behavior is preceded by activity in the region of the brain associated with the anticipation of pleasurable experiences like sex, drug taking, and monetary gain.” In other words, Read the full article »

My Top Posts of 2014

The posts below are my top 20 blog posts of 2014.  I’ve had more readers this year than ever, so I’m always checking to see what areas I should focus.  Take a look at this list and let me know what subjects you think I should write about more: Read the full article »

This Christmas: Not Everything That Interrupts Us Is A Distraction

We live in the most distracted age in the history of the world. If you’ve read this blog for very long, you know the stats – we’re checking our email incessantly, focused on social media, always driven by the fear that we might just be missing something. In fact, in my experience over the last decade, most people don’t fail because they’re not qualified, don’t work hard enough, or are incompetent. Today, most people fail simply because Read the full article »

How Do I Know When To Pay For Lunch?

Whether you’ve asked someone out for lunch to ask advice, pitch your project, network, or just get to know them, you need to know the rules about who pays. The rules used to be pretty clear, but in the last few years, I’ve seen a growing number of people that don’t seem to have a clue about who picks up the check. So whatever station in life you’re in, listen up: Read the full article »

How To Find Your Social Media Voice

Finding your authentic voice in social media isn’t that different from traditional media. I had a client once who was a TV host. The problem was, as soon as the red light came on the camera, he became a completely different person. His voice got deeper. His style became bigger. He was more over the top. The problem was – that wasn’t him. Even his friends would tell him, “Stop using your TV voice.” But many of us do the same thing on social media. We try to Read the full article »


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