Ryan Hollingsworth // Putting Pride Aside

Episode 420, LIVE on Wednesday, October 19, 2022

I heard Ryan’s story at Design Revival (https://designrevival.ga an awesome conference in Columbus Georgia) this past August. I was struck by his ability to grow, adapt, recognize the places where he needed to grow, and the leadership and direction he was given. Ryan is the Creative Director at Elevation Church. He has worked at the church for 16 years.

His story is inspiring and makes me think about how I can reframe my attitude which will help me to impact others. Ryan focuses on helping others, he has learned how to be a great leader and isn’t afraid to hire people who are better designers than himself.

I am thankful to have met him and so happy to hear his story. I am excited to hear the answers to these questions. I hope you will join me live, Wednesday, Oct 19, 2022 at 2:30pm ET / 7:30pm BST / 11:30am PT / 8:30am in Hawaii.

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The Questions

  1. Ryan, can you tell everybody a little about your design journey? How long you have been with Elevation Church and the different roles you have had in the 16 years you have worked there?
  2. I heard your story at Design Revival (awesome conference in Columbus Georgia) this past August. I was struck by your ability to grow, adapt, recognize the places where you needed growth, and the leadership you were given.

    There was a time in your job where you were resistant to hire anyone who was better than you can you talk about that and how you got past that?
  3. How have you not gotten burned out? How do you keep tapping into God’s creativity?
  4. What do you do to spark inspiration for you or your team?
  5. You have held many jobs Ryan while at the church, what is your favorite part of the job you have now?
  6. Churches generally burn people out after 10 years. Do y’all do any self-initiated projects to build team morale and keep people from burning out?
  7. You also talked about being the vessel not the oil. This goes with the title which was something else you said that stuck out for me. It was how as designers it has to be about the company we are designing for, not us. Can you tell them this part of your story and how you got past wanting to be validated and were ok with being recognized?
  8. You talked about “the job of the creator is to be a reflector, not a projector.” I thought that was powerful.

    Is there anything else you do as a Creative Director to help people with creative obstacles or Job challenges?
  9. What is one thing you’ve learned in the last year that’s been the most impactful to your life and work?

Follow Ryan

https://instagram.com/ryansworth

https://instagram.com/elevationcrtv

https://instagram.com/elevationfilm

https://elevationchurch.org/creative-apprenticeship

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