Posts Tagged ‘management’



How To Say No

Whenever I speak on this subject I always get a positive response from the audience. We all know that we get pulled into more things than we can possibly do, and most of the time it’s because we just can’t say “no.” And especially as Christians, we feel the obligation to be nice all the time, so we really hate to turn people down. But the bottom line is Read the full article »

Are Distractions Damaging Your Career?

Here’s the facts:  A University of California, Irvine study revealed that employees working in open-plan offices (cubicles or around big tables) were interrupted 63% of their time at work. Employees with offices were interrupted 49% of the time. After each interruption, it took 25 minutes for the cubicle employees and 26 minutes for the office employees to get back on track. However, typically, employees turned to 2.26 OTHER tasks before getting back to the original task from which they had been interrupted. Which means, Read the full article »

Give Your Decisions a Good Jolt!

Recently, I’ve run into a number of companies, nonprofits, and churches who’s leaders have real trouble making good decisions (some have trouble making decisions at all).  Good decisions matter, and here’s a few of the keys to making the kind of decisions that will take your career to the next level: Read the full article »

How to Promote Yourself Without Using “I”

When we moved to Los Angeles in 1991, I was in unknown territory. Although I had been producing and directing for years in the Midwest, including shooting projects in about 30 countries, I still felt the overwhelming need to sell myself and my ideas. As a result, every conversation was about ME. I pitched myself, pitched my projects, and used the “I” word a lot. I did this, I did that, I’m responsible for this project, I shot that, I won this award. Before long I wasn’t connecting with anyone because the truth is, Read the full article »

The Best Way to Start Off Your Week? Do Nothing

I’m sure you’re facing a long to-do list right now, and this coming week, there are probably many things to be done in your life and the life of your organization. But on Monday morning, I’m recommending something a bit different – do nothing. That’s right. No work, no action, no check offs. Well, in a way at least. By doing “nothing” here’s what I mean: Read the full article »

Are You a Victim of Today’s Culture of Haste?

One of the great frustrations in organizations are leaders who’s enthusiasm to make a project happen overrides their patience. Great things take time, and it doesn’t help to push your team to the point of damaging the outcome. In government, this administration has trouble with haste. Remember Nancy Pelosi who lectured Congress to pass Obamacare, and THEN we’ll see what’s in the bill. Now, Read the full article »

Studio Executive DeVon Franklin and the Ability to Read a Room

My friend DeVon Franklin is the Senior Vice President of Columbia Tristar Pictures in Hollywood. A couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to interview him onstage at a media conference here in Los Angeles. In fact, if you haven’t read his book “Produced by Faith” then I highly recommend it. During our session at the conference, I asked him what was the single most important skill it takes to reach the top in this industry. His answer? Read the full article »

When To Intervene When Things Go Wrong

My father, Dr. Bill Cooke (left) was a mainline denominational pastor, and during the late 60’s and early 70’s he started exploring the Charismatic renewal. As a result, he began teaching on the Holy Spirit, and our church really started growing. There was an explosion of interest in that subject at the time and people started coming from everywhere. But there was one problem: Read the full article »

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 »

Who You Sit Next To At Work Matters

Changing the organizational chart of an organization has a limited impact.  But changing where people sit, has a massive effect.  That’s from Ben Waber, CEO of Sociometric Solutions, who uses sensors to track communication patterns in the workplace.  He says a worker’s immediate neighbors account for 40-60% of interactions a worker faces during the workday.  If you’re two rows away, it’s reduced to 5-10%.  The fact is, Read the full article »


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