Tag Archives: Constructive Criticism

Do You Really Want Feedback?

Feedback is an interesting thing.   It can be a soothing salve for the soul [1] or a vicious kick to the tenderloins. Worse, we often push others to give us feedback and then are emotionally unprepared for their responses.  We want to hear that what we’re doing/thinking/eating is the right choice. We want positive …

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Haters Hating or Constructive Criticism?

Feedback is a tough racket.   If it’s unsolicited we can get defensive, often using the “haters gonna hate” mantra to explain away things we don’t want to hear. SPOILER ALERT: The hater in questions doesn’t hate… they’re too caught up in their own head to worry about hating you!   If it’s requested and not positive, it …

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January 31, 2012

Brainstorming: Man-made disasters?

  I recently came upon this article in the New Yorker by Jonah Lehrer that talked about the inherent problem with “brainstorming”[1]. The consensus among “brainstorming” advocates is that if you allow people to offer ideas, free of criticism, in a ‘safe’ environment that you’ll get better suggestions than people either a) working alone or …

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