Global Leadership Summit :: Mark Burnett – Listen to God’s Call

mark burnett

Mark Burnett (born 17 July 1960) is a British television producer, based in Los Angeles. Burnett is currently the executive producer of five network television series with seven hours of network programming. His current series are The BibleSurvivorCelebrity Apprentice,The Voice, and Shark Tank. Burnett has won four Emmy Awards and four People’s Choice Awards.


Listen to God’s Call

  • Interview with Mark Burnett and Bill Hybels
  • At Willow I’ve always tried to remind people that they don’t have to be a pastor to make a difference. You can do something extraordinary right where you are.
  • Question: Your business in the U.S. started by selling t-shirts on the beach.
  • Answer: There are so many open doors in America. So I started a business selling t-shirts. Americans will give you a chance. This is a place where anyone can have an idea and take action.
  • Question: You said, when you first started in television, people didn’t like your ideas. How did you frame up all of this opposition and push through it?
  • Answer: In business, there are lots of “No’s”. But all I hear is “N-O” “Next Opportunity.”
  • Why did I do the Bible? Because it was a calling from God. When God calls you though, you actually have to get your ass off the couch and do something.
  • Question: After you made the decision to actually go through with the Bible series, you were a bit down on yourselves. What was going on there?
  • Answer: We were feeling in the secular media, a little bit of an attack. We weren’t surprised by that, but I got a bit defensive. Bill Hybels turned to me and said, “Stop playing defensively, and start offensively. Stop apologizing. Go forward.”
  • That changed everything that day. It was the best advice.
  • Question: How do you describe the success of the Bible series?
  • Answer: It’s not about us. This is completely and utterly the Holy Spirit.
  • This is a nation that is absolutely built on the Bible and our faith. We came along with the Bible series at the right time in our nation’s history.
  • This is global though. Yes, it did great in America, but it beat hockey in Canada. It also went #1 in Spain, and Portugal.
  • Question: One of your deeply held leadership values is, “Choose your companions before you choose your road.”
  • Answer: In building teams, you have to empower great leaders. Don’t keep people around who are energy-suckers.
  • When dealing with the wrong people, you might as well pull the entire plug out and drain all of the energy.
  • Question: You said you always team up creative people with finance people, and force them to work together. Why?
  • Answer: They can’t win without each other. I encourage them to work together. They need to co-exist and work together.
  • If the person at the top isn’t wise enough or courageous enough to give responsibility to other areas, it won’t work.
  • What’s more annoying than hiring someone and then doing their job for them?!
  • Question: If you have a creative team, and you’re going to allow them to dream, do you allow them to dream free with no budgetary constraints? Or do you give them a budget first and then tell them to dream within the budget?
  • Answer: If someone came to me with an idea and no idea of a budget, then I’d think they’re crazy. We need to know how long it’s going to take to make it, and how much it’s going to cost.
  • Making Christian shows or movies doesn’t give you the permission to make it crappy.

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