10.04.2005

The Success Spot - An Overview Of Constructive Criticism

From Michael Oksa -
There is a long-standing rule among self-help authors, gurus, and speakers that basically says "don't criticize". Our mothers put it another way. "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all". I would have to agree that most of the time this is a rule worth adhering to, but there is an exception to every rule.

Here are a few guidelines I try to follow when being critical is necessary.

1. The benefit of the criticism must outweigh the initial negative impact of that criticism.

2. The criticism must be beneficial to the person being criticized.

3. The criticism cannot be for the benefit of my ego.

4. It must be done in private.

5. The reason for the criticism should be made clear.

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