Give Effective Feedback by Focusing on the Positive

Constructive criticism can be the bane of the workplace environment. It’s hard to give without putting the receiver on the defensive. (It’s also hard to accept.) That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t ever talk about each other’s performance; to not discuss how we’re doing would make for a stagnant environment in which…

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Give Effective Feedback by Focusing on the Positive

Constructive criticism can be the bane of the workplace environment. It’s hard to give without putting the receiver on the defensive. (It’s also hard to accept.) That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t ever talk about each other’s performance; to not discuss how we’re doing would make for a stagnant environment in which…

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How to Emotionally Detach From Criticism

You’ll never make everybody happy—and the people that aren’t happy are liable to tell you why. Criticism is part of the price of being human. But even though we know that, it’s hard to deal when the negative stuff starts rolling in. Share an opinion on the internet—or just report some inconvenient facts (ask me how I…

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The Best Time of Day to Give Constructive Criticism

Constructive criticism is one of the necessary evils of the workplace: No one likes to give it and certainly no one revels in receiving it, and yet it’s a crucial component of growth in our careers and in life. Beyond being gentle and respectful with each other when we give it, there’s one more important consideration…

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Turn Negative Feedback Into Actionable Tasks With a Two-Column List

Negative feedback can be hard to take, but if you learn to let go of hurt feelings, you can use it to your advantage. Over at Forbes, executive career coach Tina Nicolai suggests creating a two-column list to turn criticism into actionable tasks.

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Don’t Let Your Professional Shortcomings Hold You Back at Work

The further you get in your career, the harder it is to pinpoint—and then do something about—your personal and professional shortcomings. Why is that? How do you figure out your weak spots and then address them?

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Stop Using the “Sandwich Method” to Give Feedback

The “sandwich” method of feedback, where you squish criticism between compliments to smooth it over, is played out and everyone knows it. Most of us cringe when we hear someone suggest it, and even when it works, it’s obvious. Adam Grant, author and professor, says it’s time to just give it up, and we agree.

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Give Softer Criticism With the “What I Like…” Feedback Model

Giving criticism isn’t easy, especially if the person you’re giving it to is sensitive. This approach lets you keep criticism in a positive light so your feedback comes across as constructive, not harsh.

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Ask For Feedback Before You Commit to Specifics For Better Ideas

When you’re working on an idea, it’s tempting to wait until it’s nearing completion to get feedback. However, you may lock yourself out of ideas by waiting.

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Ask For Feedback Before You Commit to Specifics For Better Ideas

When you’re working on an idea, it’s tempting to wait until it’s nearing completion to get feedback. However, you may lock yourself out of ideas by waiting.

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