Team Development: Take the Time to Listen, Evaluate, Decide

Team Development: Take the Time to Listen, Evaluate, Decide

If you begin making decisions based on a wavering vision and values, you will continue to make reactionary changes based solely on people's opinions and not a vision.

Lately, I've caught myself in conversations telling others to listen, evaluate, and decide a lot. It may be coming across as advice to others, because I have been trying to engage in feedback lately with those three words in mind.

The thing to remember, though, is every opinion is just that an opinion.

Here is what I mean in short form:

Listen

Stop talking, and just listen. If you are married, you know what I mean here. It's very hard to do this part, but it is the best thing you can do.

When someone approaches you with feedback you did not solicit, go ahead and listen. Don't justify your decisions.

If you solicited the feedback, once again don't start defending your choices.

Just listen.

Evaluate

You have now taken the time to actually listen to someone's opinion. Other's opinions are very important to improving your art/decisions/product.

The thing to remember, though, is every opinion is just that an opinion. So once you have taken the time to listen, you must take the time to evaluate.

You will base the evaluation on many factors that only you can decide on. The key here is to take the time and evaluate what you have heard from others.

Decide

Now that you have listened and evaluated, you must decide. And this must be based around vision and values. If you begin making decisions based on a wavering vision and values, you will continue to make reactionary changes based solely on people's opinions and not a vision. This is extremely hard for church production environments.

Lights, video and audio volume can be and should be decided based on vision/values, and not just complaints/compliments. It's difficult in the moments you must make a decision, but no matter what decision you make, some people's opinions will be opposite. And once again, with a vision you can make your way through those circumstances.

So this week, as you create new art, scripts, music, policies, curriculum, be sure to listen to others, evaluate what you have heard, and then decide based on your vision and values.

 

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