Constructive Criticism: Feel the Gain

Accepting constructive criticism from others is a learned skill requiring a healthy perspective to avoid perceiving well-meant feedback as an insult or assault. To accept feedback in stride and to feel the gain rather than the pain, view feedback as less of a challenge for you than for the person offering it. Choosing this perspective (switching the filter) allows you to welcome feedback and delivers a powerful demonstration of your maturity. Those giving constructive criticism are usually with you out on the limb. They aren’t trying to saw the tree down. They risk your rejection and adverse response. Keeping this in mind can make you receptive to constructive criticism and demonstrate professionalism that others will see.

Adapted from UTEAP Frontline Employee, May 2013.

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