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How to Boldly Face Your Fear of Criticism

How to Boldly Face Your Fear of Criticism | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

Many of my clients deal with a fear of criticism. I see it in several aspects of their lives. At work, people fear criticism from their managers and colleagues, so they keep quiet and don't share their opinions. They play it safe. At home, people fear that they'll be criticized by their spouse or partner, so they don't speak their mind. They back down when they sense conflict. In friendships, people often don't have boundaries because they fear that establishing them would lead to criticism or that they would be viewed as selfish.


Whatever the setting, it's this fear that keeps people stuck. For example, by not speaking up and not sharing your ideas, you'll never advance. People won't know your thoughts and will have no reason to recognize your worth and promote you.

Via The Learning Factor, Kevin Watson
The Clear Thinking Partnership's curator insight, July 1, 2015 5:27 AM

This continues to be a tricky area of performance for so many leaders.........

Michael Anderson's curator insight, July 1, 2015 6:57 AM

A very positive article. Well worth reading.

Edwin Abdiel Rodz's curator insight, July 9, 2015 2:13 PM

We all go through the fear of criticism.  Be it about your business, video or even your talent in general.  Fear in itself is a very paralyzing thing, but when it reaches the topic that will source your future it tends to be taking even more seriously than it really is. 

There's this phrase that really calmed me down when I launched my first android app and started receiving negative ratings (not even many... just 2 out of 50).  "Don't sweat it; you have knowledge now".  

Knowledge is the antidote of fear after all.  Criticism shouldn't become a fear because it's actual knowledge of something that could be modified.  

Here are a few tips of how to handle criticism correctly.    There's never any reason to be scared of criticism.

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Fixing a Work Relationship Gone Sour

Fixing a Work Relationship Gone Sour | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

The good news is that even some of the most strained relationships can be repaired. In fact, a negative relationship turned positive can be a very strong one. “Going through difficult experiences can be the makings of the strongest, most resilient relationships,” says Susan David, a founder of the Harvard/McLean Institute of Coaching and author of the HBR article, “Emotional Agility.” The bad news is that fixing a relationship takes serious effort.


“Most people just lower their expectations because it’s easier than dealing with the real issues at hand,” says Brian Uzzi, professor of leadership and organizational change at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and author of the HBR article, “Make Your Enemies Your Allies.” But, he says, the hard work is often worth it, especially in a work environment where productivity and performance are at stake. Here’s how to transform a work relationship that’s turned sour.

Via The Learning Factor, David Hain
The Learning Factor's curator insight, August 20, 2014 6:27 PM

Sometimes you get stuck in a rut with someone at work — a boss, a coworker, a direct report. Perhaps there’s bad blood between you or you simply haven’t been getting along. What can you do to turn the relationship around? Is it possible to start anew?