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July 25, 2014

What Makes Us Different?

By |July 25th, 2014|Categories: Vanguard Movement|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I’ve been thinking a lot about this question. There’s been a lot of discussion in recent years about advancing the Kingdom of God into the main culture systems of society.  We know it won’t be the work of a few charismatic leaders. Instead, it will be led organically by a tribe of people who shake off their limitations to partner with God’s vision. So, we know this is what wants us to be doing...we're just trying to figure out how to do it. How do we shift culture back to Kingdom principles? How do we leverage influence in order to [...]

The One Question You MUST Answer

By |July 4th, 2014|Categories: Creativity|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

If you’ve spent any time studying creativity in leadership, you know that one of the most important attributes of innovative leaders is the ability to ask good questions. Apple has become the dominant force it is because Steve Jobs forced his team to ask important questions no one else was asking. I never knew I couldn't live without an iPhone, until I couldn't live without an iPhone! Questions are powerful tools to expand your thinking.  They cause you to move past your assumptions and entertain the ridiculous, the nonsensical, the uncomfortable and on occasion, the truly genius. Where Questions Go [...]

May 27, 2014

When God Gave Up

By |May 27th, 2014|Categories: Vanguard Movement|Tags: , , , |

Even as I write this, I am struck by the ridiculousness of that statement. "When God gave up.” We might not say it outright, but so much of what we believe about the world validates it.   Clearly it seems He gave up on: Science – too many Darwinists and athiests hanging out there. Hollywood – the sex, the violence….enough said.  But if I fast-forward the bad parts on the dvd it’s OK to watch it, right? The business world – money is the root of all evil, isn’t it? Government – just a bunch of corrupt, bleeding heart liberals that [...]

January 10, 2014

Puzzles

By |January 10th, 2014|Categories: Leadership|Tags: , , , , , , , |

This Christmas a friend of the family gave my 7-year old a 1,000-piece puzzle.  She enjoys doing puzzles and it provides a great opportunity for us all to work on a project together.  We started the puzzle on Sunday evening, thinking we would finish the next day…boy were we wrong!  We have been working a couple of hours every night and six days later, we are just finishing up!  We have been eating around a puzzle for a few days now and I am really ready to get my dining room table back.  I am even dreaming about puzzle pieces…can [...]

The First One

By |January 8th, 2014|Categories: Innovative Ideas|Tags: , , , , , , , |

I am writing this first post well before the official launch of Vanguard Creative.  I am still in the process of getting everything ready for the official launch some time in the next few weeks, but I wanted to share a bit about what this blog is all about. Vanguard Creative is an idea that began with a name about two and a half years ago.  I was in a season of personal transition and deep introspection.  I had walked away from a career that had morphed into something I no longer wanted and while I knew without a doubt [...]