Art, Life, Faith Interview: Shiftpoints with Dean Del Sesto

If you want to cultivate a beautiful life, one of the first steps is cultivating good thinking. Have you ever killed a creative project or abandoned an artistic work by filling your mind with negative thoughts? Do your relationships suffer in any way because of poor thinking? Have you ever destroyed a dream because of the things you tell yourself? I’ve done all three of these things and more, which is why I love my friend’s new book, ShiftPoints: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life. I think you’ll enjoy this interview with Dean Del Sesto and why a shift in your thinking can change your life. You also have a chance to win a free copy…

3 Key Questions to Ask Your Creative Team

[A]sking your creative team a few key questions may just be what they need to inspire greater personal fulfillment and more meaningful work. If you want to build leadership, inspire your team to greatness, and create healthy working relationships, you need to ask great questions.

In my conversations with artists and creatives, if there is one familiar theme I hear, it is this: “I am so focused on my work, I don’t have time to pursue creative projects I really want to pursue.” Ironic, isn’t it? Creative people not having time to be creative. Whether you work for a church, non-profit organization or company, I have 3 key questions you can ask your creative team that will make a practical difference in their personal and professional development. Use these questions for a one-on-one or team-building conversation. Here they are…

3 Key Questions for Your Creative Team

What is Your Deep Gladness?

Have you ever asked yourself, “In my life, what brings me deep gladness?” What really brings you deep joy and satisfaction?  In his book, Wishful Thinking: A Seeker’s ABC, Frederick Buechner writes about purpose, vocation and calling: “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” Answering these two questions, “What is my deep gladness? What is the world’s deep hunger?” are critical life questions. They go hand in hand like the picture below and here’s why…

whatisyourdeepgladness

An Artist Asks, “What is the Mission of the Church?”

[dc]I[/dc] recently received a thought-provoking email from a visual artist named Jen White about the mission of the Church, church leadership, spiritual maturity, and the role of artists in the Church. She asked questions all artists who are followers of Christ need to be asking. I simply can’t think of an more important task of thinking critically about how we, as Christians and artists, integrate our art, life and faith.

Running into Burning Bushes

Moses and the Burning Bush

What if Moses had never been placed in the basket? Or received the 10 Commandments? What would have happened if Moses never approached the burning bush? Wouldn’t his life have been far safer? Far more predictable? Far more suburban? I mean, how bad can it be leading sheep? But we know how the story goes, don’t we? Moses approached the burning bush and his life was never the same.

I’m working on a new book called God in 3D: Seeing God at Work in Your Life and the World around You. If you’d like to read the whole chapter, you can just click the link on the next page and download it for free. I’d love your comments and feedback.

Idea Contest! Got an Idea? Sell It to Me in 30 Seconds!

Catherine Winder, president and executive producer of Rainmaker Entertainment, an animation studio, says employees should be able to pitch ideas quickly. If you’re concise, she tells them, “it means you’re onto something.”

Tell me your best idea pitch! Good ideas and bad ideas included! What was the creative process you went through? How did you prepare? Were you successful? What did you learn? What did you learn about pitching ideas? Scan the article below and tell me about the best idea you ever pitched. The Top 3 Ideas (and/or comments) win a Free Copy of my book, The Longing: Embracing the Deepest Truth of Who You Are. (This idea contest will end on Wednesday, January 15, 2011.)

A friend of mine in Chicago sent me this great article that recently appeared in Saturday’s New York Times. This interview with Catherine Winder on Vision at Rainmaker Entertainment offers a challenging perspective on pitching ideas, creative leadership and the creative process. Winder challenges creatives and executives alike…