Criticism vs correction

What’s the difference between criticism and correction?

  • Criticism seeks to tear down; correction seeks to build up.
  • The one criticizing feels some pleasure in saying what they say; the one correcting only finds pleasure in helping their friend change for the better.
  • Criticism is often a habitual thing. Correction is only done when necessary.
  • Critics often rush to offer their opinions. Those seeking to correct usually do so with some reluctance.

What would you add?

Links To Go (February 20, 2018)

Facial Recognition Systems Are Even More Biased Than We Thought

A new project called Gender Shades creates a new benchmark data set that takes both biological sex and race into account to measure three commercial face classification AI algorithms from IBM, Microsoft, and the Chinese startup Face++ (whose facial recognition technology is used by Alibaba). These types of algorithms are widely used to read faces on security cameras, during immigration, in criminal justice, and even in products like glasses for visually impaired people.
The resulting study shows that all of these real-world algorithms have significantly lower accuracy when evaluating dark female faces than any other type of face. It’s troubling proof that the AI already at work in our daily lives is deeply biased–and that we need to demand greater diversity in the people who build these algorithms and more transparency about how they work.


The sudden death of the website

I am going to make a bold prediction based on my work with 18,000 companies and bringing conversational commerce to life: In 2018, we will see the first major brand shut down its website. The brand will shift how it connects with consumers — to conversations, with a combination of bots and humans, through a messaging front end like SMS or Facebook. We are already working with several large brands to make this a reality.
When the first website ends, the dominoes will fall fast. This will have a positive impact on most companies in transforming how they conduct e-commerce and provide customer care. For Google, however, this will be devastating.


Confessing Sin in the Midst of Suffering

I was tempted to ignore my sin, to justify it as if I only needed to confess sin when things were going well for me. But complaining doesn’t start or stop being a sin based on how justified I feel in my complaint. In the midst of very deep suffering, I found that acknowledging my sin didn’t create a new weight for me to carry on top of all my other burdens. Instead, it actually LIFTED some of the burden. And that is the profound beauty of the gospel of Christ.


5 Habits to Improve Your Online Security Without Software

  1. Be skeptical
  2. Is it too good to be true?
  3. Go to the source
  4. Question “urgent” decisions
  5. Confirm the other party’s identity

To Improve Your Storytelling Skills, Use Abraham Lincoln as Inspiration

The speech, of course, is Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. But although you know it well, what you might not realize about “four scores and seven years ago . . .” is that Lincoln’s oration followed one of the most effective story structures you can use–the structure that storytelling expert Shawn Callahan calls “the clarity story.”


The 25 best icebreaker questions for team-building at work

Given this, at Know Your Company, we put a lot of thought (over four years worth of research and fine-tuning!) into crafting get-to-know-you questions that would be as non-cheesy as possible, and elicit meaningful and memorable responses from the team. I get emails all the time from CEOs who’ll tell me, “Wow, Claire, I had no idea this question would get such a reaction from our team.”
Among the hundreds of get-to-know-you questions our software has, I wanted to share with you the top twenty-five…


Woman climbs into x-ray machine because she didn’t want to leave her bag

This is the moment a passenger climbed into an x-ray machine because she did not trust train security staff with her handbag. An unbelievable photograph shows the women on all fours on a conveyor belt as she follows her bag as it passes through the security scanner.


How the Biblical Canon Was Formed

Correcting others in the church

I was writing a bit about correction in the church and was trying to think of people who do it well. I’ve known a few.

I’ll confess that it’s tough for me. I tend to err on the side of “it’s none of my business” unless somebody else is being affected.

Suggestions? Examples? What can we do to improve in this area?

Who’s a leader?

I want to go just a bit further with the discussion about what constitutes leadership and leadership training in the church. What if instead of public speaking skills, the church emphasized athleticism? To be considered a leader, you would have to be fast and strong and agile. And a whole different group of people would be frustrated at what was expected of them at church. “Anyone can develop themselves athletically” would be the mantra; yet most church members could never hope to compete with the talented among us.

I’m one of those who thrives on getting up in front of people. I love it. It comes easily for me. That doesn’t make me any more spiritual than anyone else. And it doesn’t make me more of a Christian leader, despite what our terminology often says.

Leadership is about service. Leadership is about edifying the body. Leadership is about helping others carry out their ministries.

Until we grasp that, we’ll stay building-focused, assembly-focused, and Sunday-focused.

Leadership and maturity

What is leadership? What is leadership training?

For too long in the church, we’ve focused on leadership training as learning to do “church” stuff: teach Bible class, lead singing, preach, lead public prayer. Boys growing up being told that they need to do these things to be mature Christians; if they can’t do these well, they haven’t really matured in Christ.

Our understanding of gender roles exacerbates the problem. If these things make up leadership and we teach that women aren’t to do them, then how is a woman supposed to reach maturity in Christ? As one sister said, if you aren’t good at hosting showers or baking casseroles, there doesn’t seem to be much you can do.

We need to:

  • Define ministry as something that happens primarily outside of church “business hours,” outside of the Sunday assembly and Bible classes.
  • Allow people to explore and create their own ministries, rather than forcing them cookie-cutter style into pre-established roles.
  • Emphasize that leadership is service. Really. Seriously. The world will define it as getting up in front and telling others what to do. The church needs to turn that definition on its head.
  • Measure maturity by Christlikeness not public speaking ability.