From the Director’s Desk – Evaluation

Evaluation is a very scary term for many people.  The term often comes emotionally laden with negativity.  Questions such as “am I good enough?” or “who are they to evaluate me?” surface whether or not they are ever verbalized.

We move toward a healthy understanding of evaluation when we ask for and/or receive it.  Evaluations can help move a person grow and mature.  They can be the forum for affirmation and celebration.  Good evaluations are the conversations that ensue around several other ongoing conversations.

Evaluations should never be used as a weapon.  When we belong to the body of Christ we are commanded to do the work of ministry to build up.  Trust is either disintegrating or growing.

Evaluations, even difficult ones, can build trust if those involved have conversations based in mutual respect.

Evaluation is also the process of considering all of the angles, the resources, the benefits and cost-factors related to either building further from where you are or considering a potential change.  We are highlighting Dr. Terry Walling’s book STUCK this month.  Transitions, the main theme of this book, are great opportunities to evaluate where you are and where you are heading.

Enjoy the articles and leadership helps for this month.  And, as always, we look forward to hearing from you!  Your feedback and insights are important to us.

Grace and all good to you!

Joanne Holz, Major

Director

The Jack McDowell School for Leadership Development

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