Wednesday, July 12, 2017

High Performance Leaders Practice Taking Criticism

Do you like criticism?

I'll admit that I don't. I'm blessed with overly-sensitive sensibilities, and criticism triggers all kinds of defensiveness. But I'm working on it. I'm learning.

Criticism can be harsh, but not all criticism is harsh. As don Miguel Ruiz says, "don't take anything personally" (The Four Agreements.)

Instead of taking criticism personally, I'm working on finding the value. Finding the feedback that I can use. You might not be able to use all of it. Some days, you can't use any of it. When you can - do.

If you can take criticism without getting defensive you'll find the benefit it's meant to give.

It's part of good leadership. It's integral for communicating for results. And, it will help you to achieve your goals.

Use that to make your situation better, and it's all good.

-- Doug Smith


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