Category Archive: Criticism

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

How to Deal with Monkey Throwers and Other Irritants

The people who take you further may irritate you the most. Conformists provide steady progress. Contrarians, complainers, and irritants innovate.  Complaints: People who want change tend to complain. But some complaints come from… Continue reading

How to Stop Obsessing Over Negatives and Become a Positive Leader

Like a drop of poison in a glass of water, one problem has the power to pollute everything. It’s natural to obsess over one bad thing and forget many good things. Successful leaders… Continue reading