Criticism can be a costly business mainly because as humans we’re rarely open to it and we tend to take it personally! So if you’re about dish out a serving of the Big C make sure you have a smart plan in place…
It’s all well and good being open and honest and letting people know what you think, but it’s equally as important to ensure that your criticism is constructive so that you aren’t seen as judgemental or overly negative.
Follow these simple tips to make sure your criticism is more than a personal ego boost: –
It’s important to make sure you recognise the good things that people do instead of focusing purely on their faults. Unnecessary criticism is simply a personal ego boost that does nothing other than give the criticiser a false sense of ‘being a better person’. Avoid criticising where possible.
If you need to criticise make sure it’s sincere and that you offer suggestions for improvement as well as encouragement and recognition for the good things that have been done. By encouraging the good qualities in someone they will be more receptive to your comments and ideas.
When people need correcting we shouldn’t avoid doing it, however it’s important to be professional at all times. For example, if you point out a mistake avoid adding any unnecessary judgements about how bad the person is to do it – this will only make them defensive and less willing to act on your suggestions.
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