Here are 7 keys to effectively receive constructive criticism:
- Silence your feelings and listen objectively so you can get something from the feedback.
- Remember feedback is not final. It is only a part of your whole person and performance at any given point in time.
- Before saying “I know,” humbly and quietly listen to all that is being told you so you can build a relational bridge, open communication lines for future feedback, and learn from that which is being said.
- Remember personal growth and professional development is a process and journey. You don’t have to be perfect or flawless. Allow yourself freedom to fail, make mistakes, but humbly and wholeheartedly learn from them. Enjoy the journey and grow daily.
- After the person is done providing constructive criticism to you ask them, “Is there anything else you’d like me to know? Is there any way I can improve personally and enhance my performance professionally? What are your recommendations?
- Refuse to argue over any points of disagreement big or small. Simply remain open for feedback and input from outsiders whereafter you can ultimately make you own decisions.
- Thank the person for providing constructive criticism and when appropriate highlight what you learned or deemed positive about the interaction.
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