Handling Criticism

Shawnee Love   •  
November 24, 2013

So you have recently had a performance review or a 360 with some feedback that smarts.  Whether the issue is relatively minor or career limiting you might feel offended, after all, the truth hurts.  You might also be bewildered- it could be the first time anyone every told you it was a problem.

So what are you going to do about it?

There are a lot of options actually:

  • You can hang out in the swamp of denial.  Clearly it is them not you.
  • Play the victim unfairly called out (likely per someone else’s agenda)
  • Be the martyr- after all someone has to take one for the team
  • Dig into a trench and refuse to budge- the old “I yam what I yam” approach
  • Quit.  If these chumps don’t see how great you are, you can go where you will be wanted

Others simply get on with fixing the problem.  This “suck it up buttercup”approach is clearly the most constructive because making the effort to change will result in learning new ways and thus more tools in your toolkit.

We live in a grow or die world, and getting out of your comfort zone every now and then can really change your perspective and perceptions.

What are you changing?

Want some help changing?  In a previous blog entitled Can a Leopard Change? we talked about the 4 things people changing their spots have in common.  There might be help for you there!