Let’s be honest: No one loves to be criticized. Especially when the criticism is given the wrong way or by the wrong person. However, if we learn to receive criticism with the right mindset, as ministry leaders, speakers, and youth workers, we have an opportunity to grow from it. This week, join Jamey Dickens, Ben Crawshaw, Crystal Chiang, and Sarah Anderson, for a conversation about embracing criticism and the value of asking those around you, “What’s it like to be on the other side of me?”



Take the “360 Survey.” Ask your family members, your coworkers, your boss, your family, and friends, “What’s it like to be on the other side of me?” (4:00)

What is the worst, or most entertaining, criticism you’ve ever received? (5:00)

What’s the best kind of legitimate criticism you’ve received? (8:00)

Ask yourself, “Is how I did who I am?” (11:40)

If you are able to separate your performance from who you are, taking criticism gets easier to do. (12:00)

There is something in every criticism that you can take away. (14:00)

How you did is not who you are. (26:00)

When it comes to receiving criticism, approaching it as a learner changes everything. (36:00)

Part of how you deal with the criticism you didn’t ask for is having a bank of data that you did ask for. (36:45)

Be proactive, not reactive, to criticism. (37:00)

Being proactive with criticism means surrounding yourself with the right people, who will give you the right kind of criticism, at the right time, in the right way. (37:10)

There is a difference between feedback and criticism. (37:30)

When you take a 360 survey, remember to ask the right people the right questions: What’s it like to be on the other side of me? How do I handle conflict? What are some of my greatest strengths? What are some of biggest weaknesses? (43:00)


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