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Constructive Criticism

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These guidelines take out the guesswork for feedback that sticks

Two young coworkers reviewing work and giving each other feedback.
Two young coworkers reviewing work and giving each other feedback.
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Giving constructive criticism is an important communication skill, especially in the workplace. As with any other skill, your effectiveness will depend largely on your process.


Adopt the SAIG mindset

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It can be difficult to receive feedback without getting defensive. Our brains treat criticism, even constructive criticism, as a threat to our self-esteem. As our hearts start pounding, we want to shout, “But it’s not my fault! I tried my best!”

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