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From Leo Babuta at Zen Habits: How do you deal with criticism? I think the first reaction for most of us is to defend ourselves, or worse yet to lash back. And yet, while criticism can be taken as hurtful and demoralizing, it can also be viewed in a positive way: it is honesty, and it can spur us to do better. It’s an opportunity to improve.
From Leo Babuta at Zen Habits: Can you give someone criticism without hurting their feelings or making them angry? Can you do it kindly? I think that’s a difficult proposition for most people, but in truth it’s possible to give criticism with kindness and have a decent chance of having the person take it constructively.
From Lisa De Moraes in The Washington Post: TV critics, bloggers and tweeters do not like Aaron Sorkin’s HBO drama “Newsroom.” At least the vocal ones at Summer TV Press Tour 2012 don’t. They don’t like his show’s speechifying (though it’s not much different from the speechifying of his “West Wing” and “The Social Network” characters). They don’t like the “Newsroom” women, they don’t like the men and, most of all, they don’t like journalists being portrayed romantically, idealistically, heroically, rather than accurately.
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From BigThink: All organizations make mistakes. The economist Tim Harford argues that organizations need to create a culture where these mistakes are revealed, exposed and corrected as soon as possible.
At Pixar, there’s this collegiate environment, but people are able to disagree with each other and criticize each other’s work because they’ve developed a language. They call it “plus-ing.” So rather than spending all this time to say, “Hey, I really love what you’re doing, it’s really great work, blah blah blah” before you finally get to the criticism – which people have long since ignored because you’re wrapping it in all this fluff – instead you get straight to the criticism but you express it very positively. You just say, “Well, that’s great, and wouldn’t it be even better if we did X? Wouldn’t it be even better if we did Y?” In a very positive way, very honest and direct, “Wouldn’t we improve if we did it this way?” Rather than getting fussed about whether the work as it exists is good or bad. It doesn’t really matter whether the work as it exists is good or bad. Can it be made better?
From Michael Kaiser at Huffington Post: One of the substantial changes in the arts environment that has happened with astonishing speed is that arts criticism has become a participatory activity rather than a spectator sport.
From ChangeThis: if you’re the target of vicious attacks, you’re going to feel it. Contrary to a popular, mistaken approach, I’m not going to tritely admonish you by saying ‘don’t take it personally.’ Instead, here’s a fresh path I’d like to take you on, and by the end of our journey, you’ll have a revitalized outlook on how to make the best of bad words.”