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How to Accept and Offer Constructive Criticism

Discover the Art of Crucial Conversations

Have you ever met a person who takes everything personally? They always play the victim card, and they could be highly narcissistic.

People like this aren’t easy to deal with, especially if we’re the one who fails to accept and offer constructive criticism like a master.

As we’ll explore in this article, learning and practicing the art of crucial conversations can become the gateway to our growth and human transformation.

A Key for Self Actualization

Humans are inherently adaptive, evolving through the ages in response to a changing world. Personal growth is the microcosmic reflection of this adaptivity.

The best way to improve ourselves is to agree there is room for improvement and be willing to learn, grow, and change. The only reason change can be a bitch is because we don’t like it. Love accepting constructive criticism. Offer it sparingly with the best intention. Accept all change, and game over.

Constructive criticism is central to personal and professional growth — a powerful tool that offers a fresh perspective highlights blind spots, and catalyzes progress.

However, giving and receiving such feedback effectively, without igniting conflict or damaging relationships, requires a nuanced understanding and practiced skill.

“Whatever happens around you, don’t take it personally… Nothing other people do is because of you. It is because of themselves.” — Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements

The Art of Crucial Conversations

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High is a phenomenal book published in 2002 by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler.

“Crucial Conversations” is one of the best guides for navigating high-stakes conversations where opinions vary, emotions run high, and outcomes have significant implications.



Clifford Jones - The Art of Human Transformation

I write about and coach successful professionals in the art of human transformation because when we find clarity, meaning, and purpose we live a wealthy life.