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  • People Are Making Decisions Faster Than Ever

    As a speaker and writer, I’m becoming more and more fascinated with the concept of “perception.” After all, in today’s distracted and disrupted world, our perception of everything happens faster and faster. In fact, one study indicates that when we meet someone for the first time, we actually decide within the first 4-8 seconds what …

  • Leaders: Does Everyone On Your Team Know Your Vision?

    It’s always bracing to hear leadership principles from military officers because they often have to make life and death decisions. Formerly America’s highest ranking officer, and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. Shared some leadership insights recently at a conference that I thought worth repeating. Here’s what he had to …

  • When You Need to Shoot Video In Countries That Aren’t Friendly to Filmmaking

    During my career so far, I’ve produced films or TV programming in about 70 countries around the world. In many cases, it’s not a difficult challenge – even when shooting without permits. But what about shooting in countries that aren’t so friendly to video production – especially when for schedule or budget reasons you can’t …

  • Know Someone Who is Unskilled and Unaware?

    I’m sure you’ve heard the quote from Bertrand Russell: “The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.” The solution is actually pretty simple, and Aristotle got it right when he said: “Know thyself.” But sadly, few people have explored the possibility. I’ve written before about …

  • Why I Don’t Trust the Government When it Comes to Innovation

    When it comes to how well the government handles innovative thinking, it’s tough to beat this outstanding quote from Peter Drucker’s 1967 book “The Effective Executive:” “The need to slough off the outworn old to make possible the productive new is universal. It is reasonably certain that we would still have stagecoaches—nationalized, to be sure, …

  • Leaders: Do You Have the Courage to Protect the Future?

    Positioning your organization for the future can be challenging, frustrating, and often, expensive. People hate change, and your team probably isn’t paying attention to what’s coming as closely as you are – therefore, they will often fight it. But great leaders are willing to fight to protect what needs to change in their organization, and …

  • Three Steps to Becoming A More Visual Storyteller

    We are a visually-driven generation, but then again, we’ve always been. Filmmaker Frank Darabont (Shawshank Redemption) says: “Visual storytelling of one kind or another has been around since cavemen were drawing on the walls.” Today, toddlers have iPads and play with cameras. We grow up with cameras in our phones, and people document every aspect …

  • How to Be Creative Even When It’s Risky

    We often think that creativity is something that’s inspired, beautiful, and only happens when the spark strikes or the muse speaks. Actually, nothing could be further from the truth. I’m a proponent of what I call “practical” creativity – which means creativity on a deadline. I’ve spent my career working for clients – studios, networks, …

  • Don’t Mistake Being Busy for Being Productive 

    We’re all busy, but a big problem happens when we mistake busyness for productivity. Just because we’re doing a lot, doesn’t mean we’re doing what’s important, or doing it well. So if you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed with being “busy,” here’s a few important suggestions: 1. Tame your task list:  Research indicates that half of our …

  • The Incredibly High Price Leaders Pay When They Become Jerks

    During the last few years, you may not realize the surprising number of high level leaders who have been dismissed, fired, or are under investigation essentially because they were jerks. Business executives, pastors, nonprofit leaders – many of whom had built very effective and high-regarded organizations – but their abrasiveness, rudeness, and insensitivity finally caught …