Practice Leadership that Transcends the Present

Posted on July 21st, 2020

Work behind closed doors to help people in their careers, treat your colleagues like customers and create surprise and delight moments for them, be humble in victory and defeat, and be there for your team by staying in touch even if you move on.
It’s the simple, uncommon behaviors that any of us can replicate that makes a great leader — who’ll never be forgotten, even when they leave this world.
I snipped the above lines from this article by Tim Denning. I love the simple encouragement he presents here. Care well for your team. Care more about them as people and about their future than you do about whatever current tasks or context of the present involve. Think legacy; and basically, practice the Golden Rule.

My Sons’ Lives Matter

Posted on June 14th, 2020

Some things are worth breaking quarantine rules for. What a treasure to take my son to his first protest the other day.

#BLACKLIVESMATTER

Character Discipline and Friendships

Posted on June 1st, 2020

I wrote the following note to one of my graduating seniors I coached this past year. I suggest it’s good encouragement to all of us as we navigate transitions and seek to live life well.


Remain at your core the high quality person of character that you are.
Be considerate, friendly, poised, curious, clever, fun.
Practice healthy disciplines—physically, mentally, spiritually.
Treasure good friendships—sage wisdom from mentors, young men that you can pass along inspiration and challenge, and with a few true friends whom you can truly know and be known by in life’s journey.

The Value of the Queen

Posted on May 2nd, 2020

A friend of mine shared a thought about the lesson some of us learned in our study of chess. A wise instructor will sometimes use the strategy of making us play without the queen. How frustrating it is to play without such a powerful piece on the board.

However, without relying on the queen and her significant power, we gain appreciation for the capacity, capabilities, and strategic value of our other pieces. Once the queen is re-introduced, we realize that our game has risen to a new level.

May we as leaders make the most of the season as we learn to maximize other resources and strategies. If we can learn to thrive without in person gatherings, then when we finally reintroduce such, imagine our capacity!

What We Pulled Off Last Week

Posted on April 18th, 2020

I sent the tally below to our team. It certainly has been an honor and thrill getting to lead in this season.

By my count, last week’s Good Friday and Easter services required:
13 computers (with multiple crashes and reboots required as they were pushed past the max) for such tasks as creating music, collecting and filing assets, editing video, mixing audio, producing graphics, polishing transitions and signing off with QC before export.
15 sermons / preachers
6 hosts for communication, Scripture readings, Creeds, etc.
Also Communion.
As well as some special content for First Service and Families.
9 songs as well as an organ prelude!
>100 artists’ content of audio and video were part of our "choir"


Practice GTD in All Parts of Life

Posted on March 13th, 2020

I wrote the following response to a friend who just read the David Allen book Getting Things Done. I thought it might help this audience too.

Huge fan of GTD in all of my life. It has helped me to far better be the out-of-the-box thinking, spontaneous, creative leader that I’m actually wired to. Apply it to your whole life. Practice it. Make it true for you. Practice it more.
I’ve followed it for a dozen or so years. I keep getting better at it.

Last year I switched from digital to Bullet Journal. Integrating GTD methodology into the BuJo world has vaulted my creativity and productivity at a rate that I never would have even hoped. I wish I would've done so half a decade sooner.

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Where I draw creative inspiration from

Posted on February 3rd, 2020

*List out any books, websites, forums or meet-ups that you draw creative inspiration from. These don’t necessarily need to be design related.

I answered this question recently. I thought it was a good question so I copy/pasted both the question and my immediate response:

Herding Tigers, Creativity Inc, Tribal Leadership, HBR, Hidden Brain, 99% Invisible, Story Conference, backpacking in mountains, traveling and walking a new city, cooking and/or eating tasty food, etc.

Journaling Benefits

Posted on January 3rd, 2020

Journaling reinforces vision and purpose as well as reveals values.

I wrote this commitment in my Commitments page (pg. 2 right after my Vision/Values page) of my Bullet Journal last summer. I have held to this discipline on a daily basis now for more than half a year straight. The fruit of such has indeed been experienced.

Leadership is a Craft

Posted on December 13th, 2019

Leadership is not a burden or a right. It’s a craft.

Design + Context = Purpose

Posted on November 24th, 2019

Where design and context are aligned,clear purpose can be found. As a designer, we are the answer for how we can improve the world. Bring beauty and care to the context of the situation. Make it better.

Eric Wolfe

Creative Director and Coach. Production Designer and Consultant. Developer of Ideas. Maximizer of Resources. Strategic Thinker. Creative Innovator. Visual Artist and Leader. Husband. Father. Philosopher. Photographer. Backpacker. Athlete. Cook. Artisan. Eric shares thoughts here about all of the above. He would love to connect to partner in coaching and revealing beauty to enhance story and experience. Please do reach out!