Evaluate the driver AND the route

wrong way, photo by Bob.Fornal at flickr.comLast year ICPJ organized a bus trip to the SOA Watch vigil at Ft. Benning, GA.

After loading up, we got on the bus and on the highway. Our driver handled the bus well and drove safely, both of which are key marks for someone you want behind the wheel.

There was just one problem.

He went the wrong way. He drove west on I-94 instead of east.

I’ve been thinking about this as we prepare for staff evaluations. In all humility, I think I’m pretty good at what I do. And my past evaluations have supported that: I’ve gotten good ratings from our members and volunteers.

But just because I run a good meeting or produce a good newsletter doesn’t mean that we as an organization is moving in the right direction.

Yes, we need to make sure that I’m a good driver, but we also need to make sure that we as a community are going the right way.

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