Let the Anonymous Speak Up

In Sticky Teams: Keeping Your Leadership Team and Staff on the Same Page, author Larry Osborne counsels leaders to enact a “no-‘theys'” rule regarding anonymous influences:

Our “no theys” rule applies not only to the board; it also applies to every staff meeting and to all of my dealings with the congregation. Now whenever someone says that they’ve been talking to some people who have a concern, I always ask, “Who are they?”

If I’m told that they wouldn’t be comfortable having their names mentioned, I respond, “That’s too bad, because I’m not comfortable listening to anonymous sources. Let me know when they’re willing to be identified. I’ll be happy to listen.”

It seems that such counsel would solve a lot of anonymous problems, mainly because “they” don’t exist.

HT: What’s Best Next

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About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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