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Thursday Three For All: Criticism, The Voices In Your Head, and Fed Ex Operations

It’s Thursday, kiddies: the day when I roll out a few things I’ve been reading over the past week. Three of ‘em, to be exact. Enjoy. (Remember: click on the big bold print to read the entire article.)

 

Constructive Criticism: The Day a Staff Member Told Me I Was Preaching Too Long

(via @KarlVaters) Criticism is a gift. And if it’s not regularly used on your staff team, you need to encourage ’em to wrap it up in a neat little bow.

One aspect of being a good team member is knowing when to say “that’s good” or “we can do better.” Part of leading that team is being able to hear either one and be grateful for it. We need a healthy balance of both to keep the team, the church and the pastor strong.

Strong pastors develop a habit of asking for honest feedback from people they trust. They create an environment where honesty is valued, but rudeness is not tolerated. They thank people for fresh ideas – even the ones that don’t work.

 

“Is the noise in my head bothering you?”

(via @thisissethsblog) There are some massive spiritual overtones in this article. Read thoughtfully.

The monologue that runs in our brain is loud. It’s heavy-metal loud compared to the quiet signals we get from the rest of the world.

All day, every day, that noise keeps going. It’s the only voice that has seen everything we’ve seen, believes everything we believe. It’s the noise that not only criticizes every action of every other person who disagrees with us, but it criticizes their motives as well. And, if we question it, it criticizes us as well.

 

How the Overnight Shipping Industry Uses a Massive Hub System With a Giant Fleet to Deliver on Time

(via @laughingsquid) This is by no means a brief video, but it’s fascinating. Pop some popcorn and learn a little.

 

photo credit: Jason Mathis

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