Ep. 75: 6 Tips for Giving and Handling Criticism

This episode is sponsored by altMBA.

Are you good at handling criticism? No? Well don’t worry, not many people are. Join us this week to hear how Josh and Shelby handle their critiques of one another’s podcast performances. We get six tips from Margie Warrell, author and SUCCESS contributor, on receiving criticism, and we give you some ways to make sure you are giving constructive feedback to your team.

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  • Warrell shares a few tips for making constructive criticism a little less scary:
    • Remember that not all criticism is worth your time. Focus on the valuable information and leave the rest.
    • Negative feedback isn’t a sign of your worth, so don’t take it personal.
    • Don’t slam people who give you feedback. They might not feel comfortable doing it again.
    • Learn as much as you can, and when necessary, take action.
  • As managers, Josh and Shelby add their own personal tips for giving great feedback:
    • Make your critiques less harsh by angling your advice toward overall team success.
    • Instead of directly criticizing someone, find a shared goal you can both acknowledge.
    • Be mindful of your words. Try using “we” instead of “you.”
    • Provide some context for your feedback and state the hard facts, without judgment.
    • Don’t cushion negative critiques with positive ones―separate the good from the bad.
    • Be empathetic, understanding and positive.
    • Ask for feedback after you give it.

Send us your thoughts on this episode at you@success.com.

Favorite quote from this episode:

“Criticism can be invaluable and while it can be painful and difficult to take on, you don’t want to miss out on the value that it holds for you.”

Margie Warrell

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