Nobody likes getting criticism, which is silly. Criticism is a great way to improve yourself. If you want to get better feedback, and improve your reaction to it, respond to criticism with a heartfelt “Thank you.”
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As business blog Inc. points out, the entire criticism process can be awkward for both parties. The person giving criticism can feel like they’re being mean, while the person receiving can feel like they’re being reprimanded. By showing gratitude for the feedback, you communicate to yourself and the other person that you realise you’re participating in a positive process. Not a negative one:
Delivering constructive criticism can be a challenge. Demonstrate your grace by thanking your boss or colleague for his or her honesty and professionalism when offering feedback. Ask for clarification if you have any questions. Consider thanking the person for his or her input.
Of course, it should go without saying that this presumes you’re dealing with constructive criticism, and not just someone who’s being a jerk. Distinguishing the two is an entirely separate problem. However, if someone is offering you useful feedback, show that you’re open to it, rather than being standoffish and, naturally, following their advice anyway (or instead of saying “I’m sorry“).
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