Evaluation is the key to consistently growing. In order to improve, you have to know where you are, where you want to be, and how you are going to get there. This is true on a personal level and even more necessary when it comes to improving as a team. The more people that are involved in the process, the more difficult it is to improve. When it's just you who needs to improve, you can come up with ways to improve your skill. But when a team is involved, there are a ton of other variables that factor into your ability to improve.
In the end, the only way to improve consistently is to create a culture of healthy evaluation.
Here are 3 ways you can create a culture of healthy evaluation:
1 | Have a method
You need to have a system of how you're going to evaluate. Start by defining what's important to your team. Musicality, team relationships, personal faith, and congregational engagement are good places to start. Then, break those general categories into more specific things that you can measure. For example, when it comes to musicality: is your band hitting the right notes, playing at a consistent tempo, etc. Find exactly what you are going to measure for each area of evaluation.
2 | Do it regularly
When you don't evaluate regularly, people just assume that you're evaluating them because they did something wrong. Evaluation should lead to encouragement. Create a rhythm of regular evaluation. Maybe that's once a month at rehearsals or quarterly with individual team members. These meetings are the perfect time to point out things that could be better because your team will be expecting to talk about those things.
3 | Help people see the benefits
Let people know why you're evaluating. It's not to make them feel bad about their musical skill. It's not about kicking them off the team. It's about helping them to continue to grow in their ability. It's about not becoming stagnant and doing the same thing over and over again. Help your team see the benefit of evaluation!