Withstanding the Pain: How to Accept and Act on Constructive Criticism

Withstanding the Pain: How to Accept and Act on Constructive Criticism by Laura Stack #productivity

"To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing." -- Aristotle, ancient Greek philosopher. No one enjoys criticism, but sometimes we need it. No matter where you stand in an organizational hierarchy, you can always improve your game. While many of us claim we're our own harshest critics, that's rarely true. It’s usually more helpful to have someone else point out our flaws…if you trust the source. Criticism can be difficult to hear, but pain helps us learn and improve ourselves. As former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill once stated, criticism is necessary because, like physical pain, "it calls attention to an unhealthy state of things." Once we feel that pain, we can take measures to correct it. As a leader, you’ve probably received more than your share of criti … [Read more...]