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99 Great Quotes That Will Help You Handle Criticism

"Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing."

Attributed to Aristotle

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9 Tips To Give Constructive Criticism
  1. Use the "feedback sandwich" method when advising. Give a positive comment, then the feedback that could potentially be construed as criticism, and finish by reiterating the positive. That way the criticism is "sandwiched" between two positives, making it seem less harsh.
  2. Focus on the situation, not the person. This helps preventing the other person from feeling attacked.
  3. Think about timing when you give feedback. When emotions are running high people tend to become less receptive to criticism.
  4. Use A "Straw Man" to illustrate your point. "Try to give the critique through a personal anecdote or an inspiring story of someone famous who went through the same thing.
  5. Offer specific suggestions. This keeps the discussion focused and gives the other person a concrete area of improvement.
  6. Keep your language positive and avoid negative statements. It helps to set the tone of the entire exchange.
  7. Stick to "I" statements. Using "I feel" statements over more accusatory "you" statements works.
  8. Be conscious of your tone. If you're coming off as stern, or angry, that may trigger someone’s defenses.
  9. Think about if it really needs to be said, or if it doesn't need to come from you. Sometimes it's better not to say it. Nothing can be more off-putting than unsolicited advice.
Constructive Criticism

However needed it may be, people often view criticism as hurtful and feel attacked. And that puts them on the defensive, meaning they won’t be able to truly absorb what’s being criticized.

That’s why constructive criticism is a helpful skill to develop when dealing with other people. Knowing how to do it drastically affects how the message is received.

Leadership and fear

In today's social economy, servant leaders will cast a company vision and enroll their followers to express their voice as co-creators and co-contributors to the vision. 

And their first priority is creating psychological safety among their tribes: They pump the fear out of the room and liberate their people to freely collaborate, innovate, and engage.

Leadership and trust

Good leadership doesn't happen without trust.

Trusting leadership behaviors great companies are known for:

  • Create transparency
  • Confront reality
  • Practice accountability
  • Talk straight
  • Right wrongs
Leadership and feedback

Good leaders are willing to listen to feedback.

A leader who listens is open and accountable: he can filter out criticism or drama and find the facts in order to respond appropriately. 

Rapunzel - Tangled

"Venture outside your comfort zone. The rewards are worth it."

Rapunzel - Tangled
Gusteau - Ratatouille
Gusteau - Ratatouille

"If you focus on what you left behind, you will never be able to see what lies ahead." 

Merida - Brave
Merida - Brave
"You control your destiny -- you don't need magic to do it. And there are no magical shortcuts to solving your problems."