Did NOT see this coming when I was in college

Did NOT see this coming when I was in college

artistry and excellence, missions and ministry
I have a friend who is a college student who is studying music and ministry.  He needed to interview someone 'in the music business', so he sent me some questions. And while I don't work in the music industry per se, I think the input was helpful for him. And I remember thinking, as I wrote my responses... Well, HERE's a bunch of stuff I didn't see coming when I was in college. I posted the responses here for your perusal and commentary. So... peruse and comment.  Any help this provides will be like you getting the extra credit for my friend's assignment.  :-) Describe your career in the music business: I work as the Director of Artists for a music missions organization. I oversee artist development and strategies related to…
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creating a new ‘normal’

artistry and excellence
Leading through a season of change is one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. Change can be hard on people. I have no magic bullet, but here are some things I'm trying to remember whenever I have to help establish a new sense of 'normal': 1) Over-communicate vision, mission and values.  In a season of change, it's often hard to connect the dots between what's getting done and why. Make sure everyone knows where you are going, how you're going to get there, and who you want to be on the way. 2) Acknowledge the negative, accentuate the positive.  Casting vision for some new bit of vision or strategy without acknowledging the hardships or challenges at hand can come across as out of touch with reality. It's important…
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The times, they are a-changin’…

The times, they are a-changin’…

missions and ministry
Before the crush of Keynote's Summer Project erases all the extra time in my life, I wanted to shoot an update. blue sky nine, the band I've been leading and touring with for the last 3 and a half years, is coming to something of an end. Our lead singer Laura is getting married and will move to Michigan, and we're going to take some downtime to evaluate our touring strategies to make sure we're being the best trustees of all the resources it takes to do our work. We see God move in incredible ways through our concerts, but that doesn't mean we can't find ways to improve, expand, and become more effective. And that sort of thinking is what leads to the latest change, which is that I have been asked to…
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