Tell Me How I am doing!!

Posted: December 15, 2008 in Church Leadership, Random

I don’t know if there is a more effective tool in all of leadership and parenting then feedback.  You can give all of the directives, use a lot of spankings, make them memorize Scripture, or hire a great coach, but your will never know if it really paid off until you tell someone how they are doing.  If you have kids you do it naturally when they are young, because you are desperately trying to build their confidence and feed their self-worth.  I must ask, why do we stop with the people that we lead or with adults we manage?  Nobody can sustain their will to perform well for years on the accolades of their high school baseball coach or their Mom’s gleeful smiles when they got the main role in the high school play.

At Oak Leaf, we don’t necessarily do anything so much better then any other church, but I do use two tools to make sure that I am properly investing in our staff that might help you in your context.

One is the 6-Month Staff Evaluation and the other is a Health Report (you will have to e-mail me for that) that tells me if I am regularly investing in them as a person and a Pastor.  It could be modified for anyone’s use and for any circumstance where you are wanting to know if you are doing well helping someone get better.  The Health Report gives you a couple categories of investment and feedback and let’s you put in dates to track your deposits into their well-being.

Use these tools and I’m sure those you lead will appreciate it!

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