Category Archive: Criticism

How to Receive Criticism without Becoming Cynical

Leaders are criticized when they take action and when they don’t. Nice critics try to help by pointing out failures and faults, but neglect positive suggestions. Tearing down makes nasty critics feel wise,… Continue reading

7 Ways to Overcome the Second-Guessing-Syndrome

Second guessing is a game cowards play with wisdom gained from hindsight. The announcers yelled, “I can’t believe the call,” when Pete Carroll, coach of the Seattle Seahawks, called a pass play that… Continue reading

How to Overcome a Negative Past

The past is a weight that grows heavier with the passage of time. Little mistakes grow larger. Offenses get heavier. Failures persecute. The past crushes those who hang on to it. The older… Continue reading

How to Get the Most From Irritating People

You don’t want to understand irritating people. You want to control, correct, or eject them. Leaders who don’t understand irritating people resort to authority and miss opportunity. Influence and personal growth decline in proportion… Continue reading

You didn’t Mean to Upset Anyone

You didn’t mean to make them mad, but they are. You were just trying to make things better. Its the absolute worst when doing your best upsets others. Fasten your seat-belt. It happens all… Continue reading

Pat on the Back or Kick in the Pants

Some people respond well to a pat on the back, others to a kick in the pants. Mary practically ignores, “The way you handled Bob’s objection was beautiful.” But, she lights up and leans… Continue reading