James 1:22-25 (NIV)
22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it–he will be blessed in what he does.
Sally Smith, the CEO of the wildly popular Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant chain, was asked, "What are some things you’ve learned about leading and managing people?" She replied:
I’m always seeking feedback. My leadership team does a performance review on me each year for the board. It’s anonymous. They can talk about my management style or things I need to work on. If you want to continue growing, you have to be willing to say, "What do I need to get better at?"
That’s how I learn. That’s how I get better. Getting feedback [as a leader] is really tough. You may be able to find a couple of people in the company who will give you honest feedback. Before we even did performance reviews, I used to go to [one of our key leaders] and say, "I want you to write down four things that I need to work on next year."
To evaluate ourselves properly it is important that we see ourselves for who we really are. Looking at ourself and comparing ourself with ourself really does not help us improve.
Sally Smith knew the importance of gaining a better perspective of her management style and areas where she or her company needed improvement by listening to others and gaining feedback from those she worked with.
Granted when seeking input from others there is the danger that we could end up trying so hard to please others that we loose sight of ourselves and our values. Therefore I suggest that you receive critiques carefully and then compare what others say to what God says in His word. By looking intently into the word of God and be willing to apply its concept the Word has the power to transform our lives into the image of Jesus, which should be the only one we are trying to please anyway.
So Sally Smith has regular check-ups with her staff, and we need to have regular check-ups as well, with our Creator.
And that is the way I see it. What say you?