The Power of Criticism in Meetings

meetingsHere’s the deal. If all you have are a bunch of head nodding people in your team meetings, you will have a hard time coming up with new and fresh ideas. I know. I’ve been there. There have been times when it’s been really important for my team to find a creative solution to a problem, but when we tried to discuss it, nothing happened. Often, I would end up standing up and pacing around while people talked until I was able to come up with a viable solution myself for us to consider. After watching this video, I’m realizing the problem was probably related to how willing my team was in pushing and prodding one another’s ideas.

The main problem with this comes back to the first dysfunction of teams found in Patrick Lencioni’s book, “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” – Lack of Trust. If you haven’t read that yet, put it up high on your list of books to get and read.

So check out this short (2 1/2 minute) RSA video with Journalist & author Jonah Lehrer talking about this problem. 

Application: Why not show this video at your next team meeting and ask the question, “Do we trust one another enough to engage in this kind of constructive criticism when we brainstorm together?”

Image by Caitlin Applegate.

The Internet is a Mission Field

I ran across this great little video today (90 seconds) that challenges us to include social media and the internet in our creative outreach strategies. How about your church? How’s your website look to guests and those in your community? If you’d like some genuine, unbiased feedback, send me an email. I’ll look it over and give you some thoughts to consider.

You also might want to check out this article by the good people over at Willowcreek entitled, “Your Digital Front Door“.

Internet: A Mission Field from Resolute Creative on Vimeo.


Don’t Miss Your Life Video

I ran across this great 4 minute video over on the other day and just had to share it. Powerful and relevant. Hopefully, this doesn’t hit too close to home. Whether it does or not, it would be a great opener to a message on parenting. Enjoy.

If you can’t see this video, try clicking this link.

I have to wonder, how many of us are ‘missing our life’ and don’t even travel? God give us the courage to be the men and women of God you’ve called us to be for our kids!

Famous Failures

The people talked about in this video are famous. You probably know every one of them. They were also failures at one time or another. Like you and I, they failed, but their failures didn’t define them, they just refined them. I hope I can one day be added to this list of famous failures! How about you?

If you can’t see this video, try clicking this link.

Pixar and Creative Thinking


I love to hear stories of people who know how to engage in creative thinking. Creative thinking is a very important ingredient in a thriving, growing and culturally relevant organization. One of the important questions creative thinkers will eventually ask is, “Why?”. (Note: check out my eBook, ‘Thinking for a Change‘ to learn more about the critical thinking process.)

This 2 minute clip by Pixar Studio’s vividly captures what the creative process can look like, and how it can lead to simple solutions and great ideas (even if the finding the solutions weren’t that simple).

If you can’t see this video, try clicking this link.

Michael Jordan & Craig Groeschel on Failure

Isn’t it interesting that so many of us have an intense fear of failure, and shy away from situations where we might fail, while others embrace failure, learn, and end up doing something great!

Watch these two great clips on failure and be inspired to try, fail, learn, adjust and try again!

If you can’t see this video, try clicking this link.
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I Love What I Get To Do . . .

This short video clip (3:30) by the people over at Youth Specialties does a fabulous job of telling a story that is engaging and moving. The story happens all the time in ministry (or it should). Little touch points here and there that eventually lead to a powerful and transforming God moment.

So often we don’t even realize how often we are touching another’s life. We reach out, speak kind words, say a prayer, and then move on. It can be easy to forget how much God uses each and every one of those moments. What a great privilege and responsibility we have!

The closing line in this video sums it up great – “I Love What I Get To Do!” I hope you do!

If you can’t see this video, try clicking this link.

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