In the workplace, people often expect that as a woman, you will have a purely emotional reaction to criticism. But getting emotional is not the answer. NEVER LET YOUR EMOTIONS CLOUD YOUR JUDGEMENT OR DRIVE YOUR RESPONSES.
Criticism is nothing but feedback on your attitude, your work or your actions, and you can choose how to respond to it.
Here are a few pointers to help you next time you get some criticism: .
1) Listen to what's being said without getting defensive or overly emotional. Do not automatically assume there is any malice or agenda behind what is being said.
2) Ensure you understand the issue and the context. Ask questions if you need clarification and ask for examples if you need to..
3) Don't take it personally. Instead try and be objective and see if there is any merit in what's being said and if/where you need to make changes. Remember that you can use criticism to up your game and move to the next level.
4) Even if there is no merit in the criticism, try and see where the other person is coming from. It could be just a misunderstanding, or it could actually be an attempt to undermine you, but you need to be calm and objective to work that out.
5) Decide how to respond. You either accept the feedback and use it to improve yourself or your work, or you reject it and walk away. Whatever, you choose to do, do not go away with any unwanted baggage and don’t let it fester.
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