Category Archive: Criticism

50% of Your Emotional Vocabulary is Negative

It’s easy to slip into the dark while grappling with performance issues and people problems. Nagging problems corrode optimism. Capacity for negative: Leaders have opportunity and capacity to become negative. Some have inclination.… Continue reading

I Looked at Them – They Looked at Me

Powerful feedback often feels wrong. I looked at them – they looked at me: During a recent conversation, a leader shared some surprising feedback he’d received. He was having lunch with several team… Continue reading

Which Critics to Ignore and How to Have Fun with the Others

Everyone needs someone in their life who doesn’t need to be liked. What if your critics aren’t complete idiots?   Self-protection is self-limiting: Critiquing your critics is a standard self-limiting behavior when receiving… Continue reading

A Conversation with a Critic

Leaders don’t have to search for critics. They attract them. I’m often in the position to hear negative feedback about leaders that I coach. Everyone judges a leader’s performance. Even those who think… Continue reading

3 Steps When Good Intentions Blow Up

Every leader knows what it’s like to saddle up and ride into a hurricane of personal attack. Storms are tipping points for success or failure. The issue isn’t the storm, it’s how you… Continue reading

How Haters and Supporters Produce the Same Results

Compassionate supporters and negative haters often employ similar behaviors that produce the same results. Haters and supporters: Haters gossip and backstab in the shadows. But when it’s time to work on improving someone’s… Continue reading