Episode 012: Mark Burnett with Bill Hybels

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In this episode of the GLS Podcast, Bill Hybels interviews television and movie producer, Mark Burnett, on the topic of creative leadership. Bill covers a broad range of topics including how Mark got his unconventional start in business, The Bible television series, the importance of hiring the right people, and the unique dynamics of a creative team.

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SUMMARY:

In this episode of the GLS Podcast, Bill Hybels interviews television and movie producer, Mark Burnett, on the topic of creative leadership. Bill covers a broad range of topics including how Mark got his unconventional start in business, The Bible television series, the importance of hiring the right people, and the unique dynamics of a creative team.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • Mark Burnett began his business career by selling t-shirts on Venice Beach.
  • Mark and his wife, Roma Downey, felt a calling from God to make The Bible television series.
  • In building teams, choose your companions before you choose your road.
  • Unresolved emotional conflict will drain your leadership energy.
  • Every one of Mark’s shows has a duo at the top: the Executive Producer (predominately creative) and the Co-Executive Producer (predominantly finance and logistics). They cannot win without each other. You need to empower them both.
  • Hire great people and let them do their job.
  • “If someone came to me and pitched a show without a budget and a schedule, I would think they were completely out of their mind.”
  • “We want to put great things on the screen and do it in a financially responsible way.”
  • The community of Christian filmmakers is growing, and they can produce quality films as well as anybody else.

REFLECTION QUESTIONS:

  1. What aspect of the interview resonated most with you?
    • Following your calling from God
    • Hear N-O as “Next Opportunity”
    • Choosing the right people for your teams
    • Managing people from arm’s length
    • Creating a duo at the top of a creative team, giving equal power to creative and financial/logistics leaders
    • The importance of budgets and schedules for creative projects
    • Other: _____________________________
  2. When you think about your organization, how would Mark’s insights on that topic impact your team?
  3. List one thing you could do in the next week to apply Mark’s insights to your leadership.Next week I will: _____________________________________________

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

Venice Beach, California

The Bible Television Series

Roma Downey

Survivor

The Voice

Shark Tank

Celebrity Apprentice

Little Boy Movie

The Sing Off

Berber Tribe in Morocco

RELATED LINKS:

LightWorkers

Mark Burnett

The Global Leadership Summit

Willow Creek Association