Anonymous criticism is cowardly. If you don’t have the courage to put your name to what you say, then don’t say it.
When I was a pastor, I told the office staff not to show me unsigned letters or notes because I wouldn’t read them. For that matter, I told the staff never to bring anonymous criticism to a staff meeting. We had a simple rule that no one could say things like . . .
“Some people don’t like this idea.”
“I’ve been getting some negative feedback.”
“I can’t say who told me this.”
“I promised not to mention any names.”
Anonymous criticism is unfair because opinions should be weighed, not counted. Negative statements and strong disagreements are fine, but you need to know the context. It’s unfair because there is no way to dialogue with your critics. And in really rough times, anonymous criticism is a Gestapo tactic, a way to intimidate people with vague, unsourced gossip and slander.
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