The Art and Science of Giving and Receiving Positive Criticism

evaluation day cartoon, Hendrie WeisingerWhen was the last time you came home and announced “Gee, I had a great day today—I got criticized!”? How comfortable do you feel when you have to criticize someone…your assistant, coworker, boss, or spouse?

There is now an abundance of research that shows giving and receiving criticism productively is crucial to individual and organizational effectiveness. Business executives who have the ability to give and take criticism productively are more successful than those who don’t. Conversely, an inability to give and take criticism effectively has dire consequences, be it at work or at home.

In this high-impact ExecuNet Master Class session, Dr. Weisinger, the originator of the highly regarded techniques of criticism training, shows how to convert the everyday process of giving and receiving criticism from an often-destructive encounter into a positive experience for everyone involved.  Topics include:

  • Why It’s Difficult to Give and Take Criticism
  • Criticism vs. Feedback—the crucial difference
  • 7 Factors of Productive Criticism
  • Techniques for Criticizing Your Staff, Colleagues, or Boss
  • 5 Tips for Handling Your Most Difficult and Challenging Criticism Encounters
  • Taking Criticism—the High Performance Model
  • The Essence of a Positive Critic

Using examples from all phases of life, Dr. Weisinger demonstrates how to harness the power of positive criticism to strengthen relationships, improve performance and promote change.

Here’s what some attendees of the live event had to say:

  • “Excellent material that can help anyone in every area of your life.”
  • “Great advice. Can’t be a healthy leader without this skill.”
  • “Some good tips and tricks to give/receive criticism.”

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William Flamme

William Flamme

William Flamme is ExecuNet's Marketing Content Manager, where he is responsible for developing engaging career, job search, and leadership insight and delivering executive-level content across the various properties under the ExecuNet brand. Prior to joining ExecuNet in 2008, Will earned a master's degree in education and taught fifth grade and sixth grade. As a teacher, he deepened his appreciation for the written word and mastered skills necessary for managing writers who sometimes view deadlines as homework.

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