Discovering what is wrong is a cheap talent.



Discovering what’s wrong is a cheap talent.


Discovering what is wrong is a cheap talent. It is easy to see the negative. I believe by nature creatives are great editors. But, don’t let the issues you see turn you into a life sucker.

As creatives, we should empower others to be confident in what they create.

To do that there are choices that we have to consciously make to have the right attitude to bring out the best in people properly. When we fail to make the right decisions, no longer are we constructive where we serve or lead, instead, we are destructive.

Today, I wanted to share with you three core decisions you have to make as a creative leader or a church creative:

  1. Criticize or Critique?

    Criticism is an unsolicited edit that is carried out in a disapproving manner that tears into another person’s work demanding specific changes. This typically creates animosity between you and another creator.

    Whereas, a critique is conducted within the confines of a relationship, allowing collaboration to make improvements. This does not mean you will not face any tension, anytime you make edits there is a tension. However, a relationship with others allows you to navigate this properly.

  2. Cynicism or Optimism?

    Being a cynic is the most natural thing you will ever do. I believe a negative attitude is ingrained in the majority of humans and it is because of this nature that we destroy those around us and slow the advancements our organizations are making.

    For a leader, cynicism starts out with seeing problems that need to be fixed; while this is a necessary exercise for evaluation, often we forget to turn it off, leaving it to drive our attitude. It then fools us into believing that no matter how hard we work nothing will ever change, therefore, we shouldn’t try.

    That cannot happen.

    You must remain optimistic and hopeful for the organization in which you are called, dedicating your all, knowing that your presence affects change.

  3. Manage or Lead?

    Managers force and leaders model. There’s nothing wrong with the managing from time to time; however, if we are going to build healthy teams and be a part of healthy creative environments, then we need to learn to lead more than we manage.

When we make the right decisions, we will be successful and benefit those whom we live to serve.

Nik Goodner