Today’s guest is Kent Sanders. Kent is an editor at the Good Men Project, Professor at St. Louis Christian College, and author of The Artist’s Suitcase: 26 Essentials for the Creative Journey. He writes about art and creativity at KentSanders.net.

Find your creative leader identity

Photo credit: Melanie Sanders

Show Notes:

How do you define creativity?

I don’t define creativity in terms of a certain kind of art or skill. That’s a very superficial way of looking at it. It’s much broader than that.

“Creativity” suggests creating, or bringing forth something that is new or fresh. I like to define creativity this way: Doing what you were born to do.

It’s like breathing: you must breathe in (take care of yourself; be healthy; personal growth), but you must also breath out (serving, being generous, being excellent at your craft. A healthy person is always breathing both in and out.

American society is constantly pushing the notion that we don’t have enough.

We don’t have enough accolades. We don’t have enough friends/family. We don’t have enough money.

Do we really have enough?

I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of this attitude. Most of us have more than we know what to do with.

Our problem is no longer not having enough. It’s having too much.

We Have Enough

When I look back on the last 11 years of my life, it’s been a wild ride.

I’ve had times of gainful employment and not so gainful employment. The same goes for my wife.

We’ve had times where money wasn’t a problem. Then money was a problem.

But, even during those scarce times, we had more than enough to make due.

Food was always on the table. We had clothes on our backs. We were even able to feed our dogs.

Don’t Be A Fool

April 1, 2016 — Leave a comment

Today is April Fools’ Day. It’s a day full of pranks, silly gags, and tricks to make people look foolish.

This day can be a lot of fun. It can also cause a lot of grief.

But I don’t want to focus on April Fools tricks. Instead, I want to focus on ways leaders are foolish and how we can stop that.

Here's how to avoid being a foolish leader

How Leaders Look Foolish

My heart breaks when I see leaders act foolishly. Not only do they hurt themselves. They hurt their teams.

The frustrating thing here is that leaders can do foolish things without realizing it.

They’re fools. No, wait… We’re fools as we all do these things.

So, what can a leader do to look foolish?

A leader looks foolish when he tries to act like he knows it all: Come on guys… No one out there knows everything. It’s just not possible.

Many years ago, Pam and I did something that seemed strange to many people. This even seemed strange to me.

We got rid of our microwave.

Microwave leadership is bad

I know most people rely on their microwaves for a quick meal. They toss in leftovers or pop in a hot pocket and wait 2-3 minutes for their meal to be done.

We can’t do that at our house anymore. We have to warm up the oven or heat the stove burner.

We then have to wait until the food is warmed up or cooked.

This takes much longer than using the microwave. The cooking/heating time can be 5 to 10 times longer than using the quick way.

You Can’t Microwave Leadership

I’ve run across people who want to microwave themselves to leadership. They want it quick and easy.

These so-called leaders want:

When we last saw Superman on the big screen, he was learning the ropes of the superhero thing. In Man of Steel, we see Henry Cavill play the caped hero. Only he’s not yet a hero.

He’s hunted by the US military. People are scared of him. And he creates a lot of chaos and damage.

And that’s where Batman Versus Superman comes in.

Bruce Wayne, better known as Batman, saw the mayhem poured out on the citizens of Metropolis. He saw this chaos and knew something had to be done.

Not only does Superman have Batman coming after him, the whole world is questioning him and his motives. Can he be trusted? Will he turn? Who is he really?

These questions and concerns led Batman, Superman, and other DC heroes into a battle that I believe is worth watching.