Growing Leaders Love Feedback

in Coaching on January 4, 2013

The reasons feedback does not happen:  1. Insecurity: We feel inadequate inside and refuse positive correction. 2. Fear of failure: We feel that if we open ourselves up for feedback, we will be rejected and exposed as a failure. 3. Pride: We decide that people who work under us do not deserve the right to give us feedback on our sermon or event. 4.  Apathy: Why talk about the past? The event went okay. Who cares? How do we break through the normal approach and become excellent in our leadership? To grow as a leader, you must learn to embrace feedback: I have found that the 4 helpful lists is one of my favorite tools in ministry. photo copy 1) What is right: It is vital to start with the positive. Always celebrate what great things that happened and how God was glorified! List as many positives to celebrate how God changed lives!  2) What is wrong:  List specific parts of the event that did not go well. Don’t spend a long time on on each one. List them quickly. Remember to redirect people if they become increasingly negative to look back at what went right! 3) What is confusing: List ways that caused confusion. If people did not know where to register for the event or a small group leader had no idea where their group was meeting, list it as confusing. Think back and ask the questions: “Were there any leaders that were uncertain of their expectations?” “Did we do all we can to communicate to those involved?” 4) What is Missing:  Did everyone receive a schedule when they showed up at the event? Did leaders show up prepared? Did someone remember to lock up the building when everyone left? I have learned a lot from using simple leadership lessons on staff at Church @ Springs. We love to give feedback. Healthy, fun and interactive feedback. I have never had so much fun learning from each other. It is a great environment of sharing ideas with each other. The most important principle is to have an umbrella of grace in the meeting. Help each person realize that they are to expect grace and expected to give grace to others. To grow as a leader, you must learn to embrace feedback. What type of feedback strategy do you follow? If you haven’t put one in place, give the 4 helpful lists a try! What thoughts do you have on feedback?

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Jonathan Pearson at 4:36 pm

This is a great article. I am thinking of ways to implement this in our ministry moving forward. Thank you for sharing.

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Josh Robinson at 7:35 pm

I hope it helps you

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Jonathan Pearson at 4:36 pm

This is a great article. I am thinking of ways to implement this in our ministry moving forward. Thank you for sharing.

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Jonathan Pearson at 5:36 pm

This is a great article. I am thinking of ways to implement this in our ministry moving forward. Thank you for sharing.

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Josh Robinson at 8:35 pm

I hope it helps you

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Heather Lea Campbell at 4:41 pm

Great list, Josh! This is extremely helpful.

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Josh Robinson at 7:35 pm

thanks heather!

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HeatherLeaCampbell at 5:41 pm

Great list, Josh! This is extremely helpful.

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Josh Robinson at 8:35 pm

thanks heather!

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Allen Posey at 6:02 pm

i think this is a great idea to do after each event.

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Josh Robinson at 7:35 pm

yes it helps especially planning the next event

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Allen Posey at 7:02 pm

i think this is a great idea to do after each event.

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Josh Robinson at 8:35 pm

yes it helps especially planning the next event

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Jimmy Hudson at 10:25 am

Great list. I’ve been looking for a good way to evaluate what we do. How often do you do this kind of review? After each event? I wonder if we could accomplish the same thing but online. Maybe through a survey I send my leaders after each event. Thanks for sparking the thought process!

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Josh Robinson at 10:58 am

It is a great tool to have in ministry. We do this kind of review on most events (retreats, camps, sermon series at times). I usually have a review with my staff after the event, usually a week or so out so we can have time to review.
I don’t have the review with all of my leaders because with over 15 people it can get random, hard to stay on track. I’d pull in a few leaders who are your go-to people and review.

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boardgamecloset at 11:25 am

Great list. I’ve been looking for a good way to evaluate what we do. How often do you do this kind of review? After each event? I wonder if we could accomplish the same thing but online. Maybe through a survey I send my leaders after each event. Thanks for sparking the thought process!

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Josh Robinson at 11:58 am

It is a great tool to have in ministry. We do this kind of review on most events (retreats, camps, sermon series at times). I usually have a review with my staff after the event, usually a week or so out so we can have time to review.
I don’t have the review with all of my leaders because with over 15 people it can get random, hard to stay on track. I’d pull in a few leaders who are your go-to people and review.

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Kyle Sullivan at 10:36 am

Great post Josh! The church I get to serve at believes in a high feedback culture and how that fleshes itself out is to always be asking how we can make things better in our specific ministry areas, but also for the church as a whole. We also do one-on-one with our team leaders do gauge the progress of our ministries and also individually. It is a great thing to ensure you are always growing!

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Josh Robinson at 11:36 am

That is great Kyle. I learn the most when leaders share feedback under an umbrella of grace. That way, we all know we are FOR each other and want to help each be the best God has called us to be.

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Kyle Sullivan at 11:36 am

Great post Josh! The church I get to serve at believes in a high feedback culture and how that fleshes itself out is to always be asking how we can make things better in our specific ministry areas, but also for the church as a whole. We also do one-on-one with our team leaders do gauge the progress of our ministries and also individually. It is a great thing to ensure you are always growing!

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Josh Robinson at 12:36 pm

That is great Kyle. I learn the most when leaders share feedback under an umbrella of grace. That way, we all know we are FOR each other and want to help each be the best God has called us to be.

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