Embracing Criticism

Ugg. I’m sure that like me you just can’t wait to hear some critical feedback.

As in a couple of pages worth for a project you and your teammates have invested hundreds of hours on.

You can take two approaches:

  1. Write it off as “They don’t know what they are talking about.”  This allows you to then turn and be critical of their input and proceed to downplay or denigrate every point in self-aggrieved anger and frustration.
  2. Take a deep breath and try to see the project from their point of view. Try to give the feedback space enough in your mental capacity to let it add depth and perspective to the scope of work. This person (or persons) took considerable time to hash out every defect they could find in your work BEFORE it launched publicly. This will probably be the one and only time that this happens, so embrace it. Learn from it. See if you can agree or ammend and find a mutual “win” for both of you.

Choose wisely.


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