Category Archive: Criticism

The #1 Cure for Fault-Finding Leaders

Fault-finders reject people. Acceptance is the #1 cure for fault-finders. Don’t expect great performance from people who feel rejected by you. Successful leaders accept people. Critics believe there’s something wrong with others.  The… Continue reading

How to Rise Above Fault Finding and Energize Your Team

You don’t think of yourself as a fault-finder, but what if you track your thoughts and language for an hour? What’s your attitude about others right now? Yourself? Fault-finders build insecure teams. You’re… Continue reading

How to be Judged 132% More Effective as a Leader

Negative environments are built by default. 50% of our emotional vocabulary describes negative emotion. 30% describes positive emotion. 20% is neutral. Robert Schrauf You have more words for negative energy than positive emotion. The… Continue reading

How to Beat Your Inner-Critic into Submission

Inner-critics stomp around smashing hope and shattering confidence. The goal of your inner-critic is safety. The top 7 expressions of inner-critics: You should have. Inner-critics love the negative past. You screwed up. They… Continue reading

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