Taking Criticism (Even Learning From It) With Dignity, Grace

Taking Criticism (Even Learning From It) With Dignity, Grace

Not all criticism is created equal, but our responses to criticism, whether warranted or not, or whether from a respected mentor or archrival, should be uniform. And by uniform, our reaction should remain professional at all times. The feedback may be personal, but...
Channeling Your Inner Four Year Old

Channeling Your Inner Four Year Old

How many times have you heard a young child cry out, “Look at me!” or insist “Watch this!”? Be it their athletic prowess or a new drawing or creation, children shrug off self-consciousness and are very forthright in their need for approval and praise. Somewhere along...

The Art of Delivering Feedback is Hardly an “Art” at All

That often-heard acronym, KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid), is very relevant to how we think about feedback. Many times, we feel like we need to provide feedback or compliments or critiques so eloquent that they belong on a Hallmark card. We assume these statements must...

“Be” Big: Grow by Managing Criticism

The other day I quoted Socrates. Today, I’m giving a shout-out to another legendary philosopher, Aristotle, who once said: “To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” In other words, yes, you could somehow manage to isolate yourself to the point where...