The myth on creativity is that creativity hates routines, that creativity is stifled by a schedule or plan. In reality, leaders and creators thrive in routines. Mason Currey, in his book Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, chronicles the daily rituals and habits of many of the world’s most influential artists, authors, poets, and composers. What emerges from a scan across their work habits is a sense that while they all worked differently, they were all guided by routines and daily rhythms. While Mason intentionally does not offer overarching thoughts from his research but rather lets their routines speak for themselves, I jotted down several thoughts while reading. Here are five… [Read More]
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“Sometimes leaders get stuck. Their creative juices have run dry. They feel like they are out of ideas.” Have you ever been stuck when you’ve needed to brainstorm new marketing strategies or new ministry initiatives? Art Rainer writes about how to get the creative juices going. Learning to say, “No,” can be incredibly difficult, especially if you’re the “go-get-’em” type of leader that wants to grab every issue and run with it. Taking initiative and tackling issues is great, but saying, “Yes,” to too much can be taxing on you and your family. Steve Graves explained this on his blog this week. Whether you’re leading in the church, leading in… [Read More]
Creativity is important in a number of roles in any given organization. But sometimes, creativity can be absent and hard to muster. How do we keep ourselves, and our teams, creative? Here are four helpful suggestions. “Email, boring ol’ email, can be your most effective form of communication,” writes Mike Lukaszewski. Even with the popularity of social media, email is still one of the more effective forms of communication. Here are three keys to sending better emails. Do you feel like your work environment is more negative that it has to be sometimes? All of us could use some more positivity from time to time. In fact, positive work environments… [Read More]
Leadership is a privilege and a responsibility, but it can certainly come with its challenges along the way. These 12 things, though, devastate leadership. “Determining who you hire for a job plays a big part in forming your company’s culture and ensuring its future success,” writes Carolyn Sun. Helpful post on evaluating emotional intelligence. “Leaders hold convictions. We don’t adopt every new idea that comes along.” I have a huge amount of respect for Jeff Iorg and his leadership wisdom. Good thoughts here on when leaders should change their minds. Recently, Chuck Lawless wrote on on the fine lines of leadership tension at Thom Rainer’s blog. I found #8 to be… [Read More]
“Business speak” is a pitfall easy for leaders to fall into, and this humorous article from Entrepreneur points out 10 phrases you should avoid. Actually it points out dozens of instances of business lingo that need to be killed off. Highly creative people have a reputation as difficult to manage. But is it fair or even remotely accurate? Stephen Brewster shares some helpful observation about creative people and pointers on leading them well. Much emphasis is put on work habits, efficiency, proficiency, and expertise as a leader. But how much do you think about your heart? A good leader isn’t good unless his or her heart is healthy. Carey Nieuwhof… [Read More]